Osteofit is an effective series of exercise classes designed by the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Center’s Osteoporosis Program. Osteofit classes help the participants lessen the chance of falling by performing safe, gentle guided exercises that target:
Is it only for people with Osteoporosis or who have fallen?
Do I have to have Osteoporosis or other bone issues to take these classes?
Osteofit is tailored to people with Osteoporosis, people who are at high risk for falls and fractures, and people with mobility issues. It is a superb program for a person who has a low bone density or has had a previous fracture due to Osteoporosis. The Osteofit program only uses exercises that are designed to keep fragile bones safe! Only low impact exercises are used and the bending/twisting is kept to a zero or absolute minimum.
Certain medical conditions may cause balance and strength issues, and Osteofit is a great program to meet those needs! And with Osteofit, fall prevention is a priority! Osteofit can also help improve independence, functionality, quality of life . . . and therefore confidence! BUT – because this program is SO effective, safe, and efficient, Osteofit is also excellent for anyone who:
Yes! There are different levels of Osteofit! We offer Osteofit 1 and Osteofit for Life:
Osteofit 1 – introductory exercises and movements that focus on functional abilities, posture, balance, agility, and strength through resistance exercises. This is the “entry level” of the 2 Osteofit classes we offer.
The instructor will demonstrate the exercises from a seated position as well as from a standing position. In Osteofit 1, to begin with, we may do a lot of the exercises while sitting in the chairs (depending on the class). But for the purpose of fall prevention, we will try to do as many exercises as possible from the standing position. Remember, you will exercise at your own pace and comfort level!!
Osteofit 2 (also termed “Osteofit for Life”) – also focuses on functional abilities, posture, balance, agility, and strength through resistance exercises, but at a higher level, and the games and instructions are more challenging. Osteofit 2 is usually for:
We try not to sit in Osteofit 2 to perform any exercises. If you’re new to Osteofit, it’s usually a good idea to begin with Osteofit 1 before registering in Osteofit 2. Talk to the instructor at the Meet n Greet if you are unsure, or email us!
No referrals are needed, but sometimes a written medical clearance from a physician or nurse practitioner is needed. See “Required Forms” below.
Yes! Noodlelegs.ca abides by WorkSafe BC’s posted protocols to ensure your safety by following any orders or notices issued by the Provincial Health Officer. (But we admit, we are germ freaks as it is, and we take the Covid cleaning to a new level…).
*We ask that even if you personally do not care for the protocols/hand sanitizer ideas that you do it out of respect for those who do!*
Don’t worry, the instructor will show you everything!
We have also changed the Osteofit class format a wee bit:
The Osteofit class elements become routine and you’ll grow to know what to expect because it is a structured program, but it is the format of delivery that changes and keeps you guessing!! More specific details can be given to you at the Meet n Greet.
In general, a class would look like this:
1. Osteofit Tip: (5 min)
– a health tip designed to educate in the fundamentals of fracture prevention; in discussion form or a quick game is played to solidify the points; handouts are sometimes given; (the Osteofit tip is not intended to replace a health professional’s consultation or advice)
2. gentle full-body warm-up: (12-15 minutes)
3. balance, strength, agility: (35 minutes)
4. relaxation and breathing: (2-5 minutes)
The average participant is generally not a teenager, but these Osteofit classes are great for any age, especially if you have Osteoporosis, general aches and pains, or just want to enjoy life by becoming more active. (See “Who can take these Osteofit classes?”.)
In Osteofit, you will hear constant reminders from your instructor that you need to go at your own pace, and you can stop at any time during the class. Take a break when you need to! Actually, you will hear the instructor reminding you to take a break before you get to that point where you really need to take a break.
We are happy that you’re here with us taking a positive step for your health. If we are going for 10 movements and you can only do 3, that’s ok! Three movements are better than none!
Noodlelegs even provides new safe chairs that we use for certain exercises, and the chairs are always right beside you if you need to rest. We also take many little water breaks, and there’s always a chance to take a washroom break.
One goal of our Osteofit class is for you to leave the class feeling refreshed and with a smile – not dragging your butt to the car exhausted and then unable to move the next day!
Stuff you need for Osteofit:
Because of Covid, all class participants are unable to share equipment during classes, so noodlelegs.ca will be providing enough individual equipment for all activities (except your own resistance band). This format will help minimize contact.
Osteofit is a very fun and engaging program, and instructors are creative and adapt things to fit individual needs. Cardiovascular training is not a focus in Osteofit, so there are no hard-hitting “aerobics”. There is a warm-up portion, but elevating your heart rate to your “exercise target zone” is not a goal, and it’s not required or necessary – but cardiovascular exercise is encouraged on your non-Osteofit days!
It is recommended you attend as many Osteofit classes as you’ve registered for, as it’s not a drop-in type of class. Osteofit is geared to help you note personal improvement, so the more you attend the biweekly classes, the better you may feel!!! And hey, since you need to prepay at the time of your registration, why not take advantage of it all?
If Osteofit – by Noodlelegs- is shut down because of Covid, you will be reimbursed for the classes we haven’t held yet.
Or, you can put your remaining payment towards future Osteofit classes once we resume.
Or, you can put your remaining payment towards any outdoor classes that we have running – like snowshoeing or Nordic Pole Walking. You’d love either one!
Please use our Contact Form (located on the top bar on the right side!)
Hi there! My name is Lise (rhymes with “peace”), and I will be your Osteofit instructor this fall.
With relevance to instructing the Osteofit program, some of my qualifications include: