John Conroy comes from a suckler farm in New Quay, Galway Bay. With a number of qualifications under his belt, John has worked for many years with various communities, State organisations and private companies across the country and now runs www.fitness4fun.ie.
Osteoporosis is defined as a skeletal disorder characterised by compromised bone strength predisposing a person to an increased risk of low-impact fracture.
The literal translation means “soft or porous bones”. Many people do not realise they have osteoporosis until they sustain a fracture. Symptoms can include back pain, loss of height over time, stooped posture/severe kyphosis (a spinal disorder sometimes known as “roundback”), low-force fracture of a vertebrae, wrist, hip or other bone. But quite often, they are asymptomatic.
The stage before osteoporosis is called “osteopenia”. This is when your bones are weaker than normal, but not so far gone that they break easily.
A diagnosis of osteopenia is a warning to start taking care of your bones and prevention methods like regular physical exercise need to be put in place.
Tips for living with osteopenia
Taking care of osteoporosis
It is important to incorporate gentle cardio movements into your lifestyle.
General health tips
Follow John’s “Stretch A Day” takeover on Irish Country Living’s Instagram (@Irishcountryliving) this week. Each day (from Saturday 24 April, to Wednesday 28 April) John will be demonstrating how to carry out a stretch, which will benefit your body and mind.