This month Pilates focus is dedicated to Dorothy and to all our customers who desire stronger, healthier bones!

Dorothy is one of our customer’s nickname. At the age of 35, Dorothy has been diagnosed with osteoporosis.  With a kind and positive attitude, Dorothy talks about the benefits of being diagnosed with Osteoporosis. In her view, this diagnostic helped her to discover the underlying cause of her condition, a celiac disease, which left untreated could’ve caused further health complications. She used these conditions as a reason to change her lifestyle.

Fast forward 30 years, and although living with osteoporosis and celiac condition it has its challenges, Dorothy has not been deterred from leading an active and fulfilling life. In the recent months she has also discovered the amazing benefits of the Pilates Reformer Bed exercise. The supportive nature of the equipment and the safe Pilates exercises are incredibly beneficial not only for mitigating the risks related to osteoporosis, but slowing down or even reversing bone density loss. With a beautiful combination of weight-bearing exercises, muscle-strengthening via resistance training and balance, Pilates Reformer environment is a great way to treat and also prevent bone density loss.

We love working with Dorothy in a clinical Pilates setup. Her humor and laughter are contagious. Consistently attending one session every week and diligently doing her “Pilates home work” every day, in only few weeks, Dorothy’s hip pain disappeared. She is getting better every day, sleeps better and is enjoying more her gardening activities. Inspired by her determination and seeing her results we have decided to focus this month’s Pilates sessions to stronger, healthier bones thus helping all our customer understand and prevent the osteoporosis disease.

Bone mass density decreases after 35 years of age, and bone loss occurs more rapidly in women after menopause. Half of all women will have osteoporosis by the age of 60. One in five women will have a hip fracture in her lifetime, and 50% of them will never walk again. Men are not immune to this problem. 30% of osteoporosis happens in males, and 50% of men who suffer hip fractures will die within one year. Without intervention, you can lose an average of nearly three kilos of muscle per decade.

Like muscle, bone are living tissues that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. The best kind of activity for your bones is weight-bearing exercise that forces you to work against gravity. Some examples include walking, climbing stairs, weight training, and dancing. The more intense the better the effect. These and other types of exercise also strengthen muscles that support bone, enhance balance and flexibility, and preserve joint mobility, all of which help reduce the likelihood of falling and breaking a bone. The pulling and tugging on the bones by your muscles during exercise helps to stimulate bone-making cells and strengthens your bones. Regular weight-bearing exercise throughout life is best but it is never too late to start.

skeletal system

This month expect some extra challenge from using small weights during the sessions and lots of exercises designed to improve your thoracic extension, increase your hip strength and mobility along with that of your wrists and shoulders.  This month, your wrist, hips and shoulders are key targets for building bone density, enhancing muscular strength while also improving your balance and posture to reduce the risk of falls and  fractures.

If you suspect you might have low bone density, ensure you consult your GP and talk with one of our Pilates teachers. Also make sure you check this month Eat Well and Think Well resources.

This May create stronger, healthier bones with Pilates exercises!

Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well