Weight Vest Therapy for Osteoporosis
Incorporating a Weight Vest into Your Osteoporosis Therapy
Despite society's general trend towards health and wellness, the rise of osteoporosis and osteopenia cases seem to be increasing at an epidemic pace. Women who have seemingly lived healthy and active lifestyles are experiencing osteoporosis-related injuries that lead to long recovery times or permanently debilitating effects.
Two questions arise around this growing concern. First, how does a woman manage the effects of osteoporosis once diagnosed? And more importantly, what can a woman do to prevent osteoporosis from occurring?
Like most illnesses, the medical community tends to first treat the symptoms of osteoporosis with medication. A recent report from the FDA indicated that using Bisphosphonate drugs for more than 3 to 5 years not only yields little benefit, but increases the chance and risk of serious side effects. And with decreased bone density comes decreased strength and balance. This often serves as the impetus to those falls that sideline seemingly healthy women for months.
One way to beat or reverse the effects of osteoporosis is by utilizing a weighted training vest in either daily activity or a light exercise routine. Several universities have conducted extensive research on the efficacy of weight vests for osteoporosis therapy combined with calcium citrate have shown signs of increased bone mineral density.
A weighted vest for osteoporosis can prove to be valuable on many different fronts; including strength, balance and flexibility…all which will decrease chances of falling and improve confidence & the ability to be more active. A Resistance Wear weight vest was designed with both functional movement and strength training in mind. If you are just starting to use a weight vest, the best approach is to start light and acclimate your body to the weight and its distribution. Incorporate it into everyday activities, like short walks, climbing a flight of stairs, getting out of a chair, work around the house or even gardening. Because of the low profile design of our FitSprint style of vest, you can easily conceal it under shirts, sweaters or jackets.
As you get more acclimated to the weight, you can increase your aerobic and strength focused exercise activities. Our vests are designed with this kind of flexibility, so you can easily add or remove weights to reach the optimal weight you feel confident and strong with. Additionally, weights can be placed in any location in the vest, to allow for different weight distribution should you want to isolate a specific area or work back and core muscles.
In addition to working muscles and getting stronger, exercising in a weight vest will help you lose weight. Scientific research has proven that our weighted training vests have driven a 60% increase in calories burned when compared to the same activity without the vest on. So doing everyday activities like gardening, walking or biking with a weight vest on can now burn more calories faster.
Besides being an effective exercise and treatment tool, a Resistance Wear weight vest for osteoporosis is extremely safe and efficient. Since the vest is designed to sit up high on the torso, it eliminates the majority of load on the lower back, and forces the core to work hard to create strength and stability. Free weights and dumbbells are also eliminated, so you don't have to worry about stress on your shoulder, elbow and wrist joints. And equally beneficial is the efficiency of a vest workout. There is no need to go to the gym and wait in line for equipment or fitness classes. Just put the weight vest on and the workout begins.
As with any exercise program, contact your doctor or a medical professional before getting started. We are sure you will get results and feel better…we just want to make sure you are safe and healthy doing it.
Additional benefits of osteoporosis therapy using a Resistance Wear weight vest include:
- A safe, but effective exercise approach. The Resistance Wear vest allows you to continue to perform your functional body movement. No injuries during exercise!
- Greater efficiency of functional movement. Get your workout done FAST without having to go to the gym.
- Keep doing your normal routine and super-charge it with the vest. The physics of any exercise change when you add weight.
- Naturally increased endurance by applying resistance to movement during your workout.