Pilates in the Nordic

Bone Health (Osteoporosis)

There are over 3 million people in the UK living with Osteoporosis, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50.

It is estimated that among women over the age of 50 who enrol for a Pilates class, 1 in 2 has low bone density and is at risk of fracture. Many may not yet know that they already have osteopenia or osteoporosis. Often people are only diagnosed after suffering a fracture.

I saw the importance for my teaching of finding out more about osteoporosis, the risk factors, and what is safe and unsafe exercise. With this knowledge I can help people to exercise safely within a class and also to manage their condition through strengthening and weight baring exercises. Building strong bones is key to preventing osteoporosis which can lead to fractures.

Within all of my group classes I will teach you exercises that benefit your bone health by strengthening your bones. There are also exercises which are unsuitable for people with osteoporosis. In these circumstances alternative exercises are given in order to provide an effective, safe exercise programme. Should you want a more specific exercise programme I provide 121 and duet sessions which will provide a bespoke programme specific to your needs.

The Pilates for Bone Health qualification is a Level 3 Award from Ofqual which explores all aspects of bone health, nutrition, exercise and prevention. This knowledge is then examined in the form of a workbook and case study. I passed these with an average of 90%.

Should you wish to read more about Osteoporosis the UK National Osteoporosis Society website provides a wealth of information.

www.nos.org.uk