Pilates for Buff Bones ®
A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend in London training to be a Licenced Buff Bones ® Instructor.
This Pilates based workout helps to strengthen bones, enhance posture and promote better balance. Developed by New York City based teacher trainer Rebekah Rotstein after she was diagnosed with Osteoporosis when she was just 28 years old, Buff Bones ® is a medically endorsed system of movement for bone and joint health.
There are 206 bones in the human body, clearly it is important to have strong bones that can bear our weight and keep us mobile.
With this in mind, the International Osteoporosis Foundation statistics perhaps worryingly state that worldwide 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures as will 1 in 5 men aged over 50.* They also project that by 2050 the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in women will increase by 240% and 310% in men.* After the age of 35 we all start to lose bone mass, and so everyone needs to protect their bones!
If you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, it is important to look for and work with an instructor who is trained in teaching Pilates to those with Osteoporosis. There are activities and movement patterns that are contraindicated with Osteoporosis and others that are encouraged to help build bone strength. Find an instructor who understands potentially dangerous motions for those with bone loss, and has the ability to work with you to help strengthen bones and joints.
*International Osteoporosis Foundation www.iofbonehealth.org