Andrea Andris came to AURUM Training with back pain, posture issues, and an osteoporosis diagnosis. And she's not alone in this – over 400,000 people in Switzerland are dealing with osteoporosis. Theoretically, exercise helps counter bone loss, but not all movements are equally effective.
"I'm 62 years old, and thanks to AURUM, I've got more strength than ever."
But it's not just about increased strength; it's also about higher bone density. Discover why strength training, especially AURUM Training, is the ultimate bone safeguard.
Back pain, reduced strength, and limited mobility – these often accompany aging. Many share this sentiment. Andrea took a stand when her "age-related symptoms" were labeled osteoporosis. Osteoporosis disrupts bone metabolism, causing bones to become fragile and porous. They break more easily and heal slowly after fractures. Bone mass evolves through life: youth builds it up, reaching its peak around 30, followed by gradual decline. If more bone tissue erodes than is replaced, osteoporosis risk rises, along with the threat of dangerous fractures.
To address pain and avert fractures, Andrea had to make changes. She actively influenced her health by:
Andrea says, "At 62, I'm fitter, stronger, and more confident than ever." The effects of strength training are undeniable. Andrea now enjoys pain-free gardening, her back pain has vanished, and she's reversed bone loss. Her recent DXA scan clearly shows a 4% increase in leg bone density and a 3% increase in spinal bone density!
Andrea not only feels better but, with her doctor's approval, has reduced and ultimately eliminated osteoporosis medication. Through focused training, increased movement, and tailored nutrition, she relishes an active retirement. Andrea is confident that maintaining regained bone mass, combined with built muscle, will endure into old age.
Building bone mass – what sounds simple is often a colossal challenge for those affected. Bones aren't easily rebuilt in old age; this requires working against the body's biology. Bone mass naturally decreases in everyone due to hormonal shifts. Women, especially during and after menopause, are particularly susceptible to osteoporosis and have a harder time stopping bone loss.
While many doctors and clinics aim to delay osteoporosis, Andrea's story shows more is possible: she rebuilt her bone mass.
A key reason Andrea successfully tackled her osteoporosis is her choice of exercise. She asked, "Which sport is best for osteoporosis?" Had she chosen swimming, for example, her muscle mass would've increased slowly, providing more everyday security, but it wouldn't have significantly impacted her bones. Bones need the right stimuli to grow – impacts. Swimming, due to the lack of gravity, bypasses this essential pressure.
Studies on athletes have shown that sports exerting substantial pressure on bones – like tennis, sprinting, football, and intense strength training – lead to increased bone density.
Osteoporosis affects women over 50 the most. So, an osteoporosis therapy required a sport suited for this group. Let's be honest: who, over 50, would start football as an osteoporosis treatment? Probably very few, as limited mobility, lacking balance, and existing pain create fear of wrong training and injury. One could even argue that despite the good pressure, such training would be reckless due to the high risk of fractures.
That's why the AURUM Training is precisely the solution for many osteoporosis patients. Its benefits include:
Bone health is a lifelong commitment. The earlier targeted osteoporosis prevention begins, the easier it is in later years. Sport serves as excellent insurance for a healthy, long life. And here's the good news: it's never too late. Starting sports in old age is worth it. The benefits extend well beyond strengthening bones. Opting for strength training is an investment in overall health.
Targeted movement also increases muscle mass, enhances coordination, and improves flexibility. Physical activity alters metabolism. Many age-related conditions can be avoided this way. So, sports, particularly focused strength training, are rewarding on multiple fronts. After all, possessing adequate muscles gives you the strength to enjoy life.