GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Technogym
Technogym
Technogym
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

features

Fitness: Bone loading

Spas can help guests avoid or reverse osteoporosis. Liz Terry reports

Published in Spa Business 2019 issue 2
Weight bearing activity is vital in achieving good bone health / Flamingo Images/shutterstock
Weight bearing activity is vital in achieving good bone health / Flamingo Images/shutterstock
The impact generated by exercise compresses the bone matrix, triggering the bone to take in calcium and other minerals and thereby increasing bone density

Having strong bones is essential to good health, especially as we get older, enabling us to remain active and with good vitality and quality of life.

Osteoporosis – brittle bones –  is a highly debilitating disorder, which can lead to fractures and falls and it’s estimated that one in three women and one in five men will suffer from it in their lifetime and this number is growing as the population ages and people become more sedentary.

However, the good news is that spas which offer fitness services could have a part to play in helping people who are susceptible to this disease to avoid it or lessen its impact.

How does it work?
Doing weight bearing activity is vital in achieving good bone health. The stress which is placed on the bones by exercises such as weight lifting, plyometrics and running stimulates the body to build and maintain strong bones.

It does this because the impact generated by exercise compresses the bone matrix, triggering the bone to take in calcium and other minerals and thereby increasing bone density.

The amount of weight bearing needed to trigger this response is called osteogenic loading because it takes a certain ‘load’ to stimulate the bone building cells.

This ‘bone loading’ is essential if people are to maintain a healthy skeletal system, and we expect more spas and fitness centres to add bone loading workout options, as the demand for wellness services increases and people are more aware of the need to work hard to ensure a healthy older age.

What load is needed?
When it comes to the impact of exercise on bone health, scientists measure activities according to how many multiples of body weight they load onto the skeleton.

A study led by musculoskeletal specialist Kevin Deere at the University of Bristol, UK looked at the bone loading which was needed to stimulate bone mineralisation in teenagers and found the amount of loading required was 4.2 times their body weight*.

This means if you weigh 130 pounds, you need to load your bones with 546 pounds to trigger bone building.

At rest, gravity applies a load to our bones which equals that of our body weight. Activities such as walking, jogging or running add more load, but much higher impact is needed to achieve a load of four times bodyweight, with weight training, plyometrics or jumping being options.

Although the researchers cautioned the extrapolation of these results into other population groups, the results nevertheless highlight that light exercise is unlikely to be as effective.

Why offer it?
Spas which add bone loading to their repertoire will be able to better serve guests and members, as well as enabling them to take steps to improve their long-term health, longevity and quality of life.

Researchers point out that while exercise such as cycling and swimming have excellent health benefits in areas such as flexibility, strength and cardiovascular capacity, they effectively ‘unload’ the bones, so anyone who focuses exclusively on these types of exercise and are without bone loading in their routine as a result, may be susceptible to osteoporosis and would be advised to add more weight bearing activity to their workout programme.

Another area for consideration is the advice which people get to enable them to make the right exercise choices, as it’s important they avoid overloading and creating other musculoskeletal issues.

It’s suggested that anyone with low bone density or osteoporosis works with a fitness professional to ensure that bone loading is done progressively and without causing harm.

* Source: Deere, et al. Habitual levels of high, but not moderate or low, impact activity are positively related to hip BMD and geometry. JBMR, September 2012

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
High impact, jumping workouts are an effective bone loading activity / Jacob Lund/shutterstock
High impact, jumping workouts are an effective bone loading activity / Jacob Lund/shutterstock
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/677692_324038.jpg
Spas can help guests avoid and reverse osteoporosis says Liz Terry #spa #wellness
People
FIBO 2020 will set a new benchmark, ensuring virtual and live trade fairs evolve into a hybrid model, defining a future-oriented format that opens a new chapter in the trade fair industry
People
The real novelty of AWRC is the way it brings together a mix of academic disciplines with external agencies and communities
People
I’m Confident we can deliver 50 coach gyms in the uk, however, I feel the opportunity is really much larger
Features
feature
A study in the US found that restaurant attendance was the only factor which correlated with testing positive for the virus
Features
Talking Point
Some of those who’ve suffered from COVID-19 face a long road to recovery. What role can the health and fitness industry play in supporting them with their rehabilitation? Kath Hudson reports
Features
Special Report
World United is a brand new global campaign designed to help clubs reactivate paused members, attract new ones and celebrate the return of fitness. HCM gets a briefing from Jak Phillips
Features
Editor's letter
Lockdown was tough, but reopening has brought a new raft of challenges and opportunities, as gyms fight to be seen as powerful delivery partners in the fight against COVID-19, while also being safe for consumers
Features
Supplier showcase
Safe Space has created a new locker space for global franchise, UFC GYM, which both maintains its brand image and delivers operational support
Features
Research
Older men who play football regularly have cells ‘younger’ than those of their inactive peers, according to new research from sports scientists in Denmark and Germany
Features
Functional
Suppliers are offering programming for rigs to enable operators to tackle social distancing challenges, create a boutique feel and reduce the intimidation factor. HCM gets the lowdown from key suppliers
Features
Latest News
Hundreds of thousands of small companies in the UK – including those operating in fitness ...
Latest News
Boutique gym attendance and class bookings in some world regions have bounced back to around ...
Latest News
The government has further extended protection from rent enforcement activity until the end of the ...
Latest News
Town Sports International – which operates a raft of brands, including the New York Sports ...
Latest News
Wearable tech firm Formsense has secured a technology partnership with an inter-interdisciplinary team of researchers ...
Latest News
Les Mills has launched a trio of digital solutions to help fitness operators shift towards ...
Latest News
Sport England has launched the latest edition of the popular This Girl Can campaign, celebrating ...
Latest News
COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it – and the fitness industry with ...
Opinion
promotion
The pandemic has thrown a new focus on health, with sales of body composition analysis equipment at an all-time high, as InBody’s Francesca Cooper explains.
Opinion: Gyms add body composition analysis and health screening to their offering following pandemic
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Myzone kicks off #WorkOutToHelpOut campaign
In response to the UK government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme, Myzone has launched the Work Out To Help Out campaign.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Volution explains how to drive the lifetime value of members through virtual engagement
In April 2020, two-thirds of the world’s gyms went into temporary closure due to COVID-19.
Video Gallery
Freemotion FUSION Team Training
FreeMotion Fitness
The High-Intensity Cardio-Strength Training. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Keiser UK Ltd
Keiser began its history of visionary sports science leadership over 40 years ago, rejecting the ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Wattbike
Wattbike is the creator of the world’s most advanced and innovative indoor bikes, developed in ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Positive feedback
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - The personal touch
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Software
Volution.fit: Software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Gym flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Fitness equipment
Healthcheck Services Ltd: Fitness equipment
Property & Tenders
11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
22-23 Sep 2020
Heythrop Park, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07 Oct 2020
Online, Singapore, Singapore
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
03-06 Nov 2020
Online,
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates

features

Fitness: Bone loading

Spas can help guests avoid or reverse osteoporosis. Liz Terry reports

Published in Spa Business 2019 issue 2
Weight bearing activity is vital in achieving good bone health / Flamingo Images/shutterstock
Weight bearing activity is vital in achieving good bone health / Flamingo Images/shutterstock
The impact generated by exercise compresses the bone matrix, triggering the bone to take in calcium and other minerals and thereby increasing bone density

Having strong bones is essential to good health, especially as we get older, enabling us to remain active and with good vitality and quality of life.

Osteoporosis – brittle bones –  is a highly debilitating disorder, which can lead to fractures and falls and it’s estimated that one in three women and one in five men will suffer from it in their lifetime and this number is growing as the population ages and people become more sedentary.

However, the good news is that spas which offer fitness services could have a part to play in helping people who are susceptible to this disease to avoid it or lessen its impact.

How does it work?
Doing weight bearing activity is vital in achieving good bone health. The stress which is placed on the bones by exercises such as weight lifting, plyometrics and running stimulates the body to build and maintain strong bones.

It does this because the impact generated by exercise compresses the bone matrix, triggering the bone to take in calcium and other minerals and thereby increasing bone density.

The amount of weight bearing needed to trigger this response is called osteogenic loading because it takes a certain ‘load’ to stimulate the bone building cells.

This ‘bone loading’ is essential if people are to maintain a healthy skeletal system, and we expect more spas and fitness centres to add bone loading workout options, as the demand for wellness services increases and people are more aware of the need to work hard to ensure a healthy older age.

What load is needed?
When it comes to the impact of exercise on bone health, scientists measure activities according to how many multiples of body weight they load onto the skeleton.

A study led by musculoskeletal specialist Kevin Deere at the University of Bristol, UK looked at the bone loading which was needed to stimulate bone mineralisation in teenagers and found the amount of loading required was 4.2 times their body weight*.

This means if you weigh 130 pounds, you need to load your bones with 546 pounds to trigger bone building.

At rest, gravity applies a load to our bones which equals that of our body weight. Activities such as walking, jogging or running add more load, but much higher impact is needed to achieve a load of four times bodyweight, with weight training, plyometrics or jumping being options.

Although the researchers cautioned the extrapolation of these results into other population groups, the results nevertheless highlight that light exercise is unlikely to be as effective.

Why offer it?
Spas which add bone loading to their repertoire will be able to better serve guests and members, as well as enabling them to take steps to improve their long-term health, longevity and quality of life.

Researchers point out that while exercise such as cycling and swimming have excellent health benefits in areas such as flexibility, strength and cardiovascular capacity, they effectively ‘unload’ the bones, so anyone who focuses exclusively on these types of exercise and are without bone loading in their routine as a result, may be susceptible to osteoporosis and would be advised to add more weight bearing activity to their workout programme.

Another area for consideration is the advice which people get to enable them to make the right exercise choices, as it’s important they avoid overloading and creating other musculoskeletal issues.

It’s suggested that anyone with low bone density or osteoporosis works with a fitness professional to ensure that bone loading is done progressively and without causing harm.

* Source: Deere, et al. Habitual levels of high, but not moderate or low, impact activity are positively related to hip BMD and geometry. JBMR, September 2012

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
High impact, jumping workouts are an effective bone loading activity / Jacob Lund/shutterstock
High impact, jumping workouts are an effective bone loading activity / Jacob Lund/shutterstock
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/677692_324038.jpg
Spas can help guests avoid and reverse osteoporosis says Liz Terry #spa #wellness
Latest News
Hundreds of thousands of small companies in the UK – including those operating in fitness ...
Latest News
Boutique gym attendance and class bookings in some world regions have bounced back to around ...
Latest News
The government has further extended protection from rent enforcement activity until the end of the ...
Latest News
Town Sports International – which operates a raft of brands, including the New York Sports ...
Latest News
Wearable tech firm Formsense has secured a technology partnership with an inter-interdisciplinary team of researchers ...
Latest News
Les Mills has launched a trio of digital solutions to help fitness operators shift towards ...
Latest News
Sport England has launched the latest edition of the popular This Girl Can campaign, celebrating ...
Latest News
COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it – and the fitness industry with ...
Latest News
PureGym has secured a £100m cash injection from shareholders to help deal with both the ...
Latest News
Organised fitness, sports and other leisure activities (including swimming) can continue despite the introduction of ...
Latest News
A study by researchers at Emory University in the US has shown how exercise can ...
Opinion
promotion
The pandemic has thrown a new focus on health, with sales of body composition analysis equipment at an all-time high, as InBody’s Francesca Cooper explains.
Opinion: Gyms add body composition analysis and health screening to their offering following pandemic
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Myzone kicks off #WorkOutToHelpOut campaign
In response to the UK government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme, Myzone has launched the Work Out To Help Out campaign.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Volution explains how to drive the lifetime value of members through virtual engagement
In April 2020, two-thirds of the world’s gyms went into temporary closure due to COVID-19.
Video Gallery
Freemotion FUSION Team Training
FreeMotion Fitness
The High-Intensity Cardio-Strength Training. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Keiser UK Ltd
Keiser began its history of visionary sports science leadership over 40 years ago, rejecting the ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Wattbike
Wattbike is the creator of the world’s most advanced and innovative indoor bikes, developed in ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Positive feedback
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - The personal touch
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Software
Volution.fit: Software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Gym flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Fitness equipment
Healthcheck Services Ltd: Fitness equipment
Property & Tenders
11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
22-23 Sep 2020
Heythrop Park, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07 Oct 2020
Online, Singapore, Singapore
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
03-06 Nov 2020
Online,
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Technogym
Technogym