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5 Tips for Preventing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Prevention Tips
By Rebekah Rotstein


One in two women and one in four men over 50 are expected to experience a fracture from osteoporosis in their lives. These stats can be a wake-up call to those middle-aged and older. Yet did you know that osteoporosis can occur at any age? We reach our peak bone mass in our early 30s, making prevention of bone loss a relevant topic for younger people as well. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month—a good time for everyone to pay attention to bone health.

You can help raise awareness on the importance of bone health by starting with your clients. If they’re doing Pilates, they’ve got a great start on a healthy lifestyle, which is key to building and preserving bone strength. Here are my top 5 important tips for bone health:

Pilates Pro Newsfeed

Our semi-regular rundown of Pilates news from around the web. Enjoy!

  • Marchioli and Swieczkowski in The Dallas Morning NewsA Dallas-area multiple sclerosis patient is walking down stairs, standing up straight and even wearing heels again, thanks to the Pilates work she’s been doing. At first, Rebecca Swieczkowski at Get ReFormed Pilates in Frisco, TX, had to move Sharon Marchioli’s legs and support her body. Because Marchioli tired quickly, the two would chat during breaks between exercises and became fast friends. “I am just like a liberated woman right now, totally liberated,” Marchioli told The Dallas Morning News. Click here to read their story.
  • The U.K.’s Daily Telegraph introduced us to Poolates (created by American Pilates instructor Rebecca Pfeiffer) which features interesting adaptations of Pilates concepts for exercises in the pool. 
  • While we’re on the subject of “-ates” hybrids, the latest thing in the land down under is Burlates, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph. Burlesque star Rachel St. James has dropped Pilates concepts into movement with a burlesque flair and is leading the Aussie charge in the realm of “boudoir fitness.”
  • Pilates and osteoporosis expert Rebekah Rotstein breaks down myths and shares do’s and don’ts for living with osteoporosis in this CNN video clip.
  • About.com’s Marguerite Ogle brought us this lengthy interview with BASI Pilates founder Rael Isacowitz.
  • Australia’s Daily Telegraph also ran this interesting piece about an Aussie world champion swimmer using Pilates to replicate the performance-enhancing qualities of high-tech “super” swimsuits, which constrict swimmers’ bodies so they don’t drop their hips when fatigued. “It’s not like I’m trying to build muscle there. It’s more trying to teach those smaller muscles to work properly when they need to,” butterfly champ Marieke Guehrer told the newspaper.

Pilates Pro Newsfeed

Our semi-regular rundown of Pilates (and Pilates-related) news from around the Web. Enjoy!

At PHIT in the Hartford Courant

  • Here’s a feel-good story for a pre-holiday weekend. In Sharing Their Own Special Space, from the Hartford Courant, Pilates instructor Susannah Israel goes every day to the place she got married: her Pilates studio, PHIT. “This building is part of our romance,” Susannah told the Courant. “I’m literally in the room [where] we took our vows. It has such a good karma.”
  • Pilates: A Thinking Way of Moving, is an examination of Joe’s original principles, from exercise physiologist Angie Ferguson in The Fort Myers, Fla., News-Press.
  • Metro International newspapers featured Viveca Jensen’s Piloxing, including three exercises with photos.
Posted on Friday, November 20, 2009 at 10:50AM by Registered CommenterLauren Charlip in , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Osteoporosis and the Abs

How a young instructor found safe techniques to challenge herself and her clients
By Rebekah Rotstein

RebekahRotsteinPeople who first meet me find it odd that as a Pilates instructor I actually don’t do Pilates mat for my own body. In fact, ever since my osteoporosis diagnosis two years ago at the unusually young age of 28, the annual PMA conference is the only time I participate in a traditional mat class. Flexion, lateral flexion (side bending) and rotation of the spine are contraindicated for people with osteoporosis and osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis, which should be treated in the same manner from a movement perspective). Unfortunately, this rules out three-quarters of the Pilates mat exercises. So I’m often asked with disbelief how it is that I can actually work my abs.