Every research study proves that Exercise is good for us

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So why can’t we use expensive Gym equipment lying idle in hospitals?

Wandering around hospital one day, I came across the Gym.  No-one was there, so I went in to find whom I could talk to about exercise to prevent Osteoporosis.

Suddenly an angry physio errupted into the room:  “What are you doing here?”

Whilst I was trying to explain, she was ushering me out into the corridor.  We stood crammed up against the wall, whilst she told me I wasn’t allowed inside the Gym.

“But how do I get to use it?”

“You can’t”, was her unhelpful reply.  And with advice to go back to my doctor and ask them, she locked the door and swept off.

But talking to Peter, who works for my Oncologist, he said he would get a physio to phone me and give me advice about what I could do.  One morning a delightful voice phoned me, belonging to Renee Kitto.  She agreed that it would be a good idea to get exercising if I had Osteoporosis (induced by the hormonal drugs I was on).  And said she would raise the possibility of having exercise classes with the hospital.

Then said she would send me over details of websites where I could get more information about exercise, especially where I could join up with groups and have fun.


What type of exercise?

Any type of exercise is better than none – but those with Osteoporosis should particularly concentrate on weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, anything using weights, etc.

Weightbearing exercise is essential for building and maintaining healthy bones.  It is any activity you do while on your feet and legs that works your muscles and bones against gravity.

During weightbearing exercise, bone adapts to the impact of weight and the pull of muscle by building more bone cells. Consequently, bone becomes stronger and more dense. The risk of fracture, osteopenia, and osteoporosis decreases.

Weightbearing exercise includes:

  • walking
  • jogging
  • hiking
  • dancing
  • step aerobics
  • soccer
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • tennis, racquetball
  • bowling
  • golf
  • stair climbing

Ramblers Association

Renee then suggested that anyone who wanted to meet people whilst they walked, should contact the Ramblers Association;  celebrating their 75th birthday this year.  The Association offers friendly group support and interesting routes around your local area, wherever you are in Britain.


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