Osteoporosis and the Menopause 💪⁠

Women who have been through the menopause are at an increased risk of developing (osteoporosis) which is a weakening of the bones, as a result of the lower oestrogen levels in the body. This causes the bones to become less dense and more fragile over time and is often not diagnosed until a fall or impact causes a bone to break. ⁠

The most common injuries associated with osteoporosis are:⁠

- Broken wrists⁠

- Broken Hips ⁠

- Broken spinal bones (vertebrae)⁠

So why should you be strength training?⁠

Barbell strength training offers a way to get stronger and improve bone density. This is achieved by loading the body with progressively heavier weights, a method that forces the body to adapt and get stronger. Small increases in stress can be applied to the whole body with compound lifts such as the squat and deadlift. Our bones adapt to this loading and become denser and harder in response. This aspect of barbell training is particularly important for women, whose bone density is a major factor in continued health.⁠

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