Nurses, strengthen your bones from home

By Corin Kelly
Monday, 01 August, 2016

Nurses can now address their increased risk of osteoporotic fracture from the comfort of their own home, through a new online program.
Research confirms that nurses are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis. This is due to the nature of shift work, leading bone exercise expert and co-founder digital exercise platform Onero Online, Dr Belinda Beck says.
“If most of a person’s awake hours are at night, they will miss opportunities to derive vitamin D from the sun, and vitamin D is essential to bone health,” Dr Beck says.
“It is also often difficult for nurses and other shift workers to find the time to exercise.”
There are three recommended strategies to promote healthy bones throughout life:

  1. Engage in exercise specifically targeted for bone

  2. Optimise your daily dietary calcium

  3. Spend a little time in the sun to increase your vitamin D

Dr Beck, a Professor at Griffith University and co-founder of The Bone Clinic, says their in-house program in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast has achieved record-breaking bone growth results, even reversing the diagnosis of osteoporosis in some clients, however they have now branched out into the online world with a program to prevent osteoporotic fracture and falls.
“All Australians over 50 would benefit from regular exercises targeted to prevent osteoporotic fracture, but they need to be mindful of their ability and form, which is why we have designed Onero Online to be scientific, structured and safe, with a level of monitoring by a professional team of bone health experts,” Dr Beck says.
“We know that the biggest risk to this group is suffering a fracture, which can severely deprive them of physical function, independence, and quality of life.
“The good news is that simple changes to your activity levels and performing the right kind of exercises to improve balance and strength will significantly lessen your risk of suffering a preventable fall and subsequent fracture,” she said.
Onero Online is the world’s first monitored online program which aims to help young and old alike improve their strength and mobility through targeted training.
Participants of Onero Online start with light-weight balance exercises, which gradually increase in difficulty over time as stability improves and strength and muscle memory begins to re-build.  The easy-to-follow program starts from just $5 per week.  Higher level membership includes consultations with The Bone Clinic practitioners and access to technical clinics, webinars, and high calcium meal plans.
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