Strong Bones, Strong Life (Online)

With bone density peaking at 35 years old, we all experience progressive bone loss at a rate of about 1%, per year, as we age. With 43% of adults over the age of 65 either osteopenic or osteoporotic, about one third of these individuals will experience an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetimes. However, this progressive weakening of bone can be either accelerated, or decelerated, through our lifestyle choices, by how we eat and by how we choose to move and exercise.

This 8-Week exercise and education series, taught by physical therapist and board-certified geriatric clinical specialist Katie Wadland, provides an evidenced-based, fitness-forward approach to osteoporosis prevention and management. Classes will involve aerobic exercise, functional strength training, balance and flexibility, and will incorporate ground-level exercise, so being able to safely get on and off the ground independently is a must.

Prior to attending the Strong Bones, Strong Life program, the instructor strongly recommends that new students attend her Functional Strength Training for Beginners Workshop.

"Strong Bones, Strong Life has been a great class for me. Katie Wadland, the instructor, has been guiding us through sets of exercises that are well tuned for people with osteoporosis like me. She also takes care to provide us with lots of information about which exercises are best for osteoporosis, and why. I’m feeling stronger, better balanced and more well informed already. Katie has a great combination of knowledge, creativity, careful attention, and a caring heart. She goes out of her way to answer questions and help us with any issues we are having. I deeply appreciate Katie and this class."
— Peter W., student, Strong Bones, Strong Life



Online Class
Streamed to your computer

things to bring


  • Resistance Bands (SUNPOW Pull-Up Assistance Bands are a good choice)
  • Kettlebells or Dumbbells (5-20Lbs)
  • Yoga Mat


Photo of the instructor
Katie Wadland

Dr. Katie Wadland is a Doctor of Physical therapy, Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist and PWR! Moves-Certified Therapist with more than 15 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and home care rehabilitation settings. Since graduating in 2008 from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, she has worked at some of the region's best hospitals and home care agencies, including Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital and Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home, and now owns and operates a Mobile Physical Therapy Practice called Healthy Aging Physical Therapy. She specializes in working with older adults, people with Parkinson’s Disease and other complex medical and neurological diseases and disorders. Katie approaches clinical care with a strong emphasis on both holistic and evidenced-based care. By looking beyond a specific injury or impairment, instead focusing on the whole person, she takes great pride in helping each of her patients to achieve meaningful goals, use exercise as medicine, and to become stronger, fitter and more functional.