Bone loss and osteoporosis affects millions of Americans. According to the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.
Some women can lose up to 20% of their bone density within five to seven years of entering menopause, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Strength training, is one of the best ways to reduce bone loss.
Strength training reduces bone loss in several ways:
- Increases bone density: Strength training puts stress on the bones, which signals the body to build more bone tissue in response. Over time, this can lead to an increase in bone density and a reduction in the risk of fractures.
- Improves balance and coordination: Strength training can improve balance and coordination, which can reduce the risk of falls and subsequent bone fractures.
- Increases muscle strength: Strong muscles help to support the bones and reduce the risk of fractures.
- Reduces inflammation: Chronic inflammation can contribute to bone loss, and strength training has been shown to reduce inflammation levels in the body. By reducing inflammation, strength training may help prevent or slow down bone loss.