You better put down those barbells for this one: Exercise can be bad for you. Yes, it’s true—that is if you have undiagnosed bone loss, also known as osteopenia or osteoporosis.
“Doing the wrong kinds of exercises when your bones are weak and compromised can put you at risk for greater harm,” explains physical therapist Risheeta Joshi, DPT. “Early detection of osteoporosis is key to help prevent further damage to your bones.”
What to do?
If you are in your 40s, a simple bone density test can tell you if you’re at risk. If you are, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, taking a calcium-supplement, and adding weight-bearing exercises to your routine can build healthy bones and reduce your risk of fractures.
CentraState’s Posture for Life program can help by teaching you safe weight-bearing exercises and proven ways to improve balance and posture. Call 732.294.2700 to learn more.