Please note: Osteo fitness classes do not replace the care of a physiotherapist. Always consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.
OSTEOFIT is a BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre certified exercise, education and falls prevention program for individuals with osteoporosis, low bone density or who are at risk of fractures and falls. Exercise is a proven effective treatment option for people with osteoporosis in combination with medication and nutrition.
OSTEOFIT is medically endorsed and based on published research. It is designed and updated by clinical specialists from BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre’s Osteoporosis Program.
OSTEOFIT instructors are specially trained and certified by BC Women’s Hospital.
The goals of OSTEOFIT are to:
- Reduce an individual’s risk of falls and fractures
- Improve an individual’s ability to do day-to-day activities
- Increase an individual’s confidence and independence
- Improve an individual’s quality of life
Intended to give people with osteoporosis the opportunity to begin, or continue on with, an exercise program suitable for their needs and provide a place to meet other people with osteoporosis in a social activity.
Winter Spring sessions resume January 7, 2020
Starting: January 7, 2020
Level 2 – Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 11:00 AM
Fee: Member $30 per Month – Non Member $40 per month
Please note: Passes are still available please inquire at the office
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- If it was not for OSTEOFIT class I would have difficulty with stairs and bending. Please let us keep our mobility by keeping our classes and saving Health Care Dollars. Valerie Gramham
- As I age a class tailored to stiff muscles is ideal. Also tips on daily exercise to protect the same muscles and bones is helpful. These classes keep us limber and also exercise our minds. Less visits to the doctor is always wanted. Diana Mcloughlin
- I had been coming here for the last 16 years. I really enjoy the group. This fitness class is giving me more strength physically and mentally; being active is very important, your body needs movement. This program helps me find more friends also. Grace John
- I have attended Osteo-fit for the past 15 years. I have found it helps me to keep active in spite of physical decline. Another benefit is the social aspect. I have made many friends, look forward to our times together. Our instructor is “tops”, friendly but efficient and effective. I encourage others to join such a program. Darlene Manzer
- I have been involved in Fitness/Wellness for four years. I have great confidence in our instructor. She knows what we need, flexibility, balance and cardio. My twice a week work out is keeping my 79 year old body in good shape. Fellowship with my fellow exercisers is an added bonus. Bill Hamilton
- I have been going to classes for over a year. I have noticed a big difference in my stability and mobility. Also my overall strength is better. Very good instructor. Diann Tejszelski
- I jointed the fitness program several years ago when I realized that I was doing nothing to keep myself more healthy and fit. I enjoy it very much and have made many friends along the way. Our instructor, Alvina Tyler is excellent, very caring, and explains how each exercise works to keep our joints and muscles in good working order, which makes it interesting too. We all have a good time. L. Bjorklund
- I will keep it up as long as possible. H. Kust
- Best decision I have ever made. Shirley Hutchings
- Best exercise for me. Best decision I ever made. Joan Marr
- June 21, 2018 – We both find the program helpful to maintain balance, fitness and strength. To stay out of hospitals and prevent falls. Ed and Sonja Zwick
- June 25, 2018 – I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 1997. With multiple fractures in my spine in 2002 I started a beginner class with LTL in Mission, BC and have been attending twice a week ever since. Our fitness instructor was very good and now Alvina Tyler is a great instructor, too. She is very caring. I am very happy to know they are trained by the Women’s Health Centre and tested regularly. I did have a total hip replacement two years ago but recovered very quickly. I am sure the classes are why I am still walking and living a good life. It means so much that this program is available. Jackie Fisher
- I was introduced to the Osteo class by a friend, Jackie Fisher. We usually attend the class together. I enjoy the walk to and from the facility. I also especially enjoy the instructor, Alvina Tyler. I was in so much pain that I could not do all of the exercises at first. Her classes have helped me, some days I am only able to go on Thursdays as I have other commitments on Tuesdays. I especially enjoy nice days outside on the walkabout. The games are also stimulating, i.e., quick reflex and fun! I am also a polio survivor 1953 epidemic viz. career in Figure Skating…which helped me. Velma Tyler Gaudet
- 150 minute per week fitness challenge and twice weekly Osteofit 1 classes: Everyday living for me in Carrington House is an exercise class for with a left knee replacement, a worn out right knee and a frozen right shoulder, my mobility is vastly restricted, making any mobility doubly hard and longer to do. Washing myself, dressing and undressing getting through the big door to my suite especially if I drop the key or the door opens too wide. I have to get the walker thing through too. Climbing in and out of vehicles with no running board or hand holds. There I have to use my arms and body muscles to pull myself in and out when walking into a place with a slope to the sidewalk I have to hold the walker with the brakes or else it will get away on me. All is a struggle and an exercise in itself. One does not appreciate ones mobility until they lose it……..( re the contest) it was fun. Irene Yewell (Age 94+)
- “I am not by nature a joiner but I felt that I needed a change in my life. When I read about the exercise classes that Lifetime Learning was offering I decided to give it a try. I have been going now for several years and have enjoyed it very much. I feel that with the OSETOFIT program I get a full body work out, head to toe, muscles and joints, carefully geared to seniors. And it’s lots of fun. I have met some really nice people through the exercise classes and I am enjoying the social side of things, and I think that is very important as well. The whole experience, both physical and social gives a person a sense of well being.”
- “I was on prednisone for a year for arthritis, which Dr’s say I would not be able to walk. The medication was difficult to take. Since exercising I have been this drug and I am fit and fine.”
- “I have attended fitness classes since 1998. I look forward to Tuesdays and Thursdays to take part in the exercises that not only keep the old body fit and strong but very importantly keep my balance in good working order to prevent falls, resulting in broken bones. After exercise time there’s always our get-togethers over a cup of coffee with my peer group where we catch up with each others news and learn what’s now affecting seniors. I hate to miss but sometimes I have to because of illness or weather conditions in winter making for poor driving conditions.”
- “I felt invigorated after my class. All the muscles have been used so I can easily walk without getting out of breath. I look forward to each class. They remind me to keep exercising, and they are a fun way to meet other people.
- This invigorating program led by the energetic Alvina at the Lifetime Learning Centre Society is a must-do activity for any senior who wants to challenge their current fitness level. The program follows the Osteofit program, which is a unique fall prevention program developed by BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre. It targets people in the 65-85 age bracket. Even before the program begins, there is an air of expectancy and fun as the women gather around and plan where they will go for lunch afterwards. Shirley told me she is part of the group of eight who form the “Original 8”, vibrant women who have been taking this program with the Centre for the past fourteen years!
- At the beginning of the class, Alvina shared an educational topic about some sources of Calcium in our diets. This is known as the Osteofit Tip portion of the class.
- Then the fun began. Some of the activities included having the group walk forward, then dodge invisible skateboarders! This was almost as fun as the ‘throw a ball at your partner at the same time she throws one back at you’ exercise. Both these exercises are specifically designed to create agility and awareness of hazards. We also used weights and stretch bands with the practical goal of being better able to lift and carry a jug of milk or detergent. We also walked tightropes, which fortunately for me were in reality the lines on the gym floor, as an exercise in developing and maintaining good balance.
- The looks of joy on the women’s faces when they were doing the ball exercise added an extra element to the exercise-that of internal joy, which is also a source of strength. Sometimes their faces bore expressions of great concentration, attesting to the fact that the program also helps develop concentration.
- It has been years since I danced to the Beatles, so it was great fun to be in a gym full of women boogying to the some old favourites. At the end, the stretches were done while sitting on chairs. This is an interesting adaptation. Instead of mats on the floor, everyone was easily able to stretch without the difficulty of lying down (and getting back up again) on the floor.
- At the end of the hour session, I was feeling greatly invigorated. I would highly recommend this program to men and women alike who have a desire to be led by this competent, caring instructor into an adventure in becoming healthy individuals contributing to a healthy community.