New report from Public Health England emphasises benefits of bone and muscle strengthening exercises

04 Jul 2018

The National Osteoporosis Society has welcomed a new report from Public Health England (PHE) and the Centre for Ageing Better, which emphasises the major health benefits of muscle, bone strengthening and balance exercises.

The report, released today, highlights that only one in three men and one in four women are currently doing enough of the right types of exercise for healthy muscles and bones.

The National Osteoporosis Society is currently working with leading clinical experts to develop its own resources to provide clear information about safe and effective exercises for people affected by osteoporosis; helping people to live well with the condition and build stronger bones.

The report by PHE says that each week, adults should be doing 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (such as brisk walking), and strength exercises on at least two days that work all the major muscles.

According to the report, activities such as tennis, dance, lifting weights, Nordic walking (with poles), yoga and Tai Chi are all good exercise for healthy bones and muscles.

However, those who are at risk of falling, have broken bones in their spine, or have other problems affecting their mobility, should seek specialist advice from healthcare professionals before taking up new activities.

But everyone can do something positive for their bone health, says Sarah Leyland, Osteoporosis Nurse Consultant at the National Osteoporosis Society.

“There are widely held misunderstandings about osteoporosis and exercise among health professionals. People at risk of breaking a bone because of osteoporosis have been crying out for simple, straight forward advice about activities that are safe for them to do for many years,” says Sarah Leyland, Osteoporosis Nurse Consultant from the National Osteoporosis Society.

“The National Osteoporosis Society, as this report highlights, is working hard with clinical experts to develop unambiguous advice to help people overcome the fear of breaking a bone while exercising and to keep doing or take up the physical activities they need to build strong bones.”

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