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Friday, March 12, 2010

Exercise and Bone Health

Healthy bones need weight bearing exercise. If weight bearing exercise isn’t a normal part of life, by our third decade we start to lose both bone and muscle mass. Not only does our metabolism decrease, but our bones start to become more fragile with each passing year.

The good news is this: We have a choice. We can take action against bones that break too easily, and it is never too late to start. Research shows us that bones are bigger, denser and stronger in people who are physically active than those who are not. Any kind of physical activity that puts weight on muscles and bones helps to strengthen them. Running, walking and playing football are great examples. Stand out stellar examples of muscle builders are yoga and resistance training classes. Weight training to build muscle is also very effective at building healthy bone tissue.

If you are concerned about the health of your bones, start today. It doesn’t have to be a life altering choice; even small steps can be effective. Don a rain hat and golashes and head outside, spend commercial breaks on the treadmill, or add an extra five minutes to your run today in honor of your bones. Small steps are powerful, as long as you are making the choice to take those steps!

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