Exercise is key for people of all ages to create and maintain healthy bones and to prevent osteoporosis. Walk into any gym in American and you will see individuals trying to build muscle mass, but what a lot of those people don’t know is they are also building bone mass. Much like our muscles, bones are made up of living tissue, which can become stronger through exercise. Below are a few tips that can help maximize your bone-building efforts from a variety of sources, including National Institute of Arthritis (NIH).
• Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 times per week.
• Focus on weight-bearing exercises such as yoga, Tai Chi or golfing. These promote bone growth more than non-weight bearing activities such as swimming.
• Switch up your routine to keep your body moving in new ways, in turn, working different body parts.
• Listen to your body. Typical workout pain should not last longer than 48 hours.
• Supplement your workout with a healthy and balanced diet rich in calcium C and vitamin D.
At OAZ, our primary goal is to educate our patients on how to make the right choices for their bodies and their bones. If you or a loved one has suffered an orthopaedic injury, please schedule an appointment with one of our physicians by visiting our website or calling 740-454-3273.