A chance meeting and brief conversation at an event on the other side of the country from where we both live found us in agreement on the importance of movement in ensuring
our continued strength and agility, maintaining our bone density and preventing osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Osteopenia is a condition that begins as you lose bone mass and your bones get weaker: total bone mass peaks approximately at age 35. This happens when the inside of your bones become brittle from a loss of calcium. It's very common as you age, with women being at greater risk and more common in people above 50 years of age.
People who have osteopenia are at a higher risk of having osteoporosis. Typically there are no symptoms, unless the condition prowesses to osteoporosis. Symptoms of osteoporosis include back pain, loss of height, a stooped posture, and easily fractured bones.
There are many causes for osteopenia including calcium and vitamin D deficiency, smoking, age-related hormone changes, and certain diseases and medications. However, inactivity is also an important contributing factor.
As a physical education teacher and trainer, David Segro has worked with many older adults and has seen the beneficial effects on bone density and agility as a result of movement and exercise.
If you've ever questioned the benefit of developing an exercise habit on your well being as you age, listen to David Segro describe his experience.