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The impact of strength training on osteoporosis

A former gymnast throughout high school and college, Estelle Underwood has always had a passion for exercise and health. She holds certifications as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer/Fitness Counselor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and continues her involvement in fitness education on an ongoing basis.

Her clients, both male and female, cover a broad range of ages–from teenagers to the elderly. Estelle’s approach to exercise is a gentle one, taking into consideration her clients’ strengths and limitations, lifestyle, and attitudes and feelings associated with body image. Can you share how strength training can have a positive impact on the preventing and treatment of osteoporosis?

Estelle: This is a topic near and dear to my heart, as I’ve worked with so many clients who are either at risk for osteoporosis or already suffering from the disease. In fact, a few years back I collaborated with a chiropractor and a medical doctor who specialized in the treatment of osteoporosis and we produced an exercise DVD called “BoneJuvenate” ( This is a simplistic explanation, but in a nutshell, strength training is a weight bearing activity. When we bear weight on a muscle, it pulls on the bone, creating a chemical reaction within the bone. That chemical reaction actually causes the bone to become denser, creating a stronger, healthier skeletal system. Through regular strength training, I have many times seen a halt in the progression of osteoporosis and in some cases, success in reversing bone loss.

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About Estelle Underwood

Bodyworks for Total Health is a small private training studio which <span style="line-height: 1.5em;">has become an icon of fitness in the local and surrounding </span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">communities.</span>

Our clients cover a broad range of ages--from teenagers to the <span style="line-height: 1.5em;">elderly. Our approach to exercise is a gentle one--taking into </span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">consideration clients’ strengths and limitations, lifestyle, and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">feelings associated with body image.</span>

In addition to offering programs of general overall fitness, her <span style="line-height: 1.5em;">areas of expertise are:</span>

✦ core training--developing “functional” or “usable” <span style="line-height: 1.5em;">strength which can be accessed in ones’ daily activities so as to</span>
improve the quality of life and aids in preventing injury.
✦ osteoporosis exercise
✦ exercise for joint and spine disorders
✦ back wellness exercise
✦ pre/post pregnancy exercise
✦ senior exercise
✦ home exercise prescriptions

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