By Nick Nyman, Physiotherapist

You may already be aware that as we age, our bone health changes, which can lead to osteoporosis, a condition characterised by bone loss and fragility. Osteoporosis is often known as the silent disease, because usually people won’t have symptoms until they experience their first fracture. Women are more at risk of osteoporosis than men, specifically postmenopausal women.

So, what can we do about preventing bone loss as we age?

Resistance training! Lifting weight is one sure fire way of improving or preventing bone loss. Other benefits of resistance training include improving muscle strength, decreasing falls, improving confidence and overall body health.

However, resistance training in the gym, pumping iron can be an intimidating process for some and isn’t for everyone. This is where supervised exercise sessions under the guidance of a physio comes in. Each of the physios in the Wisdom Physio team can help develop a program that is suitable for your level, takes into account your goals, reduces the risk of falls and improves and maintains your bone health.

Pilates for your bones

Can a pilates program provide resistance training? Yes! The pilates equipment used by our physios are incredibly versatile and can take you all the way from the gentle beginner’s level, right up to the heavy resistance required for preventing bone loss. Each program is individualised to your specific needs so if your goals are to prevent bone loss then your program will reflect that! So, if you are worried about your bone health and fracture risk but don’t know what to do about it, book in to see one of the physios for an individualised program.