Well, it depends what you mean by “old”. Certainly, if you consider over 50 “old”, then you are right – because more than 4.7 million people over 50 in Australia have poor bone
The main issue is how to prevent bone loss as we age. Our bones are alive and
After 60, things get really bad, as 1 in 2 women over 60 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture! So no matter what age you are, you need to start looking after your bones – they are your invisible means of support.
Osteoporosis and it’s precursor Osteopenia, are painless, so, unless you have some of the risk factors, or have had a bone density ( DEXA) test, you will not know how good your bones are. Most people are diagnosed AFTER the fracture has occurred – then not so painless at all.
If you tick any of these boxes, don’t panic! Speak to your Doctor, then start taking preventative measures. It is never too late to look after your bones.
Of course, the best time to worry about bones is prior to the age of 20!
The more you have in the bone bank, the better. So, if you are a mum, make sure your kids have a diet including calcium-rich foods, e.g. milk, cheese, yoghurt, green leafy vegetables, whole canned fish with soft bones in, nuts, tofu set with calcium.
These dietary guidelines continue throughout life:
As well, the usual rules apply
And, here’s the Physio/Pilates connection:
Exercise: what is best?
In our studio, we have started a “Better bones, Better balance class” which includes all these elements in a single Pilates class, as we have so many clients in the low bone density zone.
Principal Physiotherapist and Certified Pilates Instructor, Physio Plus Pilates Noosa.