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Online Personal Training Site Combats Osteoporosis

Thursday, July 1, 2010 News on IT in Healthcare J E 4
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CHICAGO, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A new web site promotes specific weight bearing exercises for those with low bone density. Osteoporosis Personal Trainer (http://www.OsteoporosisPersonalTrainer.com) is an online personal training service which provides low-cost individualized strength training workouts for increased bone density. Bill Allerheiligen, MS, CSCS; NSCA-CPT; FNSCA designed the programs. Bill is a former strength coach for Nebraska, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Houston Oilers. He is a national and international speaker in the area of strength training for all populations.

Today there is a dual problem with osteoporosis and osteopenia. First, over 28 million Americans currently have it. Second, the majority of these people are not receiving vital information on the best type of exercise to reverse it. The best exercise is weight bearing exercise in the form of squatting movements (squats, lunges, step-ups, etc.).

Consider some of these alarming statistics:

  • 1 out of every 2 women over 50 will have osteoporosis in their lifetime
  • 80% of the people in the United States with osteoporosis are women
  • 50% of women and 25% of men over age 50 will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis

Workouts are based on current research on bone density and weight bearing exercise. Bone density is increased as a result of "mechanical stress" by muscles and "remodeling" by bones. It is the squatting movements that create the positive mechanical stress. This results in bones being restructured into greater density. Research demonstrates that strengthening back muscles can reduce the risk of vertebral fractures and bone mineral density in postmenopausal women can be maintained or increased with therapeutic exercise.

The premise behind strength training exercises is: 1) bones increase their strength when stress is put on them; 2) to stress bones you must stress the muscles; 3) to significantly stress muscles a person must perform specific exercises of correct intensities. Walking is a low muscle stress activity and therefore of less value. Exercises in the program are variations of squatting movements which strengthen the hip, vertebrae and femur. Upper body weight bearing exercises aid in strengthening the wrists and forearms. The strength training workouts from Osteoporosis Personal Trainer will increase bone and muscle strength and decrease the risk of falling.

Members receive online workouts which may be viewed as animated exercises or printed. Workouts include strength training, weight bearing cardiovascular exercise and stretching. Workouts can be designed for the gym or home. Workouts change weekly to allow for safe and effective progression.

The web site contains information on home exercise equipment. Anyone may purchase home exercise equipment for $125-150 for the convenience and privacy of a home exercise program.

Many personal trainers charge $50-75 for one session. The Osteoporosis Personal Trainer has programs starting for as little as $49 for four weeks of exercises with up to 24 workouts. This is a tremendous savings for our members.

For more information: Bill Allerheiligen, 815-814-2414, http://www.OsteoporosisPersonalTrainer.com

This press release was issued through eReleases(R).  For more information, visit eReleases Press Release Distribution at http://www.ereleases.com.

SOURCE Osteoporosis Personal Trainer

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