Following my last blog I have a few women get in touch asking questions about how lifting weights could change their exercise routines for the better. The following information has been put together by the Institute of Osteopathy and can also be found on their website. It is well worth a read.
What is the best exercise to do to prevent Osteoporosis
The younger you start the better
However starting at any age will help
Some more benefits
Some common concerns
It takes women a lot of heavy weight lifting, and sometimes the use of controlled substances like steroids and hormones, to achieve the physique of the heavily muscled power lifter. Women don’t normally have enough testosterone in their bodies to develop bulging muscles, but can, with regular, moderate training achieve lean, toned and strong muscles.
‘I hate gyms’
No problem. There are plenty of other exercises you can do that don’t involve a visit to the gym. Dancing, yoga, tennis, pilates, walking, running, gardening and even housework count – all you are aiming to do is increase your heart rate and make yourself feel a little warmer. You can do it in several short blocks of 15 minute or more but aim for at least a total of 150 minutes per week over at least 5 days per week for the best results. If you’re unused to exercise, start slowly and build up to this target.
I don’t know where to start
This is where your friendly local osteopath can help. They can screen you for any health concerns that might affect your ability to exercise, help to resolve any injuries or pain that might be holding you back and advise you on what exercises might suit your goals best. Many can teach you how to exercise correctly, avoiding injuries and how to gradually build up as your ability and fitness levels improve. This is where I come in:
My name is Hannah Ramsay, I am an Osteopath based at The Osteopathy and Injury Management Centre at Abshot Country Club, Titchfield, Hampshire. During consultations, I will take the time to understand you as a patient. Everyone presents with their own unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. Understanding you helps me to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of your pain or any lack of function that you may be experiencing rather than solely addressing the site of the condition. Together we will formulate a treatment plan to help you to get the best out of your body.