One of the best ways to help maintain healthy bones is to exercise regularly – which encourages the bones to absorb calcium and other mineral salts that keep bones strong.
Weight bearing exercises and weight resistance exercises are best for strengthening bones and muscles and as well as helping to keep bones in good health, may also reduce the likelihood of falls as you age. Weight bearing exercises are those where your body is supporting its own weight, such as walking or housework or carrying groceries. Weight resistance exercise involves pushing or pulling against an additional weight, like a dumbbell or barbell or resistance equipment in a gym.
Starting at any age will help
Everyone can benefit from increasing their activity levels. Studies have shown that people who have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis can improve their bone health significantly through weight bearing exercises, the key is getting good advice on how to move well and how to self-manage.
This is where your friendly local osteopath can help. David can screen you for any health concerns that might affect your ability to exercise, help to resolve any injuries or pain that might be holding you back and advise you on what exercises might suit your goals best. David can teach you how to exercise correctly, avoiding injuries and how to gradually build up as your ability and fitness levels improve.