Using Exercise To Combat Bone Loss
Article by Thaya Kareeson
Based on the amount of advertising and information provided by doctors, most people of a certain age realize that bone loss is a growing problem among many people. This weakening of the bones can be quite dangerous as it makes a person much more prone to fractures or other broken bones. In severe cases, the spinal column will actually begin to disintegrate and cause back pain, hunching, and a stooped over appearance. Luckily there are steps a person can take to help prevent osteoporosis.
Once bone loss has begun, most doctors will be a regimen of prescription drugs to help stop and reverse this bone loss. You cannot stop this loss or re-grow bones with exercise alone, however, a fitness routine can help many adults regain strength, improve posture and avoid other symptoms of losing bone mass.
For a person of any age, physical fitness is extremely important, but even if you have never exercised, it is never too late to start. If you have already been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you should check with your doctor to find out exactly what level to activity is appropriate for your body.
For most people, a modest strengthening and stretching routine is a great way to achieve personal fitness and combat bone loss. For example, spending twenty to thirty minutes a day to simply stretch your muscles and lift small amounts of weights to tone and strengthen your muscles. Flexibility training will help alleviate aches and pains associated with growing older. Stronger muscles will lead to better posture and a better sense of balance. This can also prevent falls that cause many broken bones. Also by building up the muscles around your bones you can protect the bones themselves.
Many older adults find that a brisk walk around the neighborhood during nice weather is a pleasant way to build strength in their leg and core muscles, while at the same time getting a light cardiovascular workout. This is a great way to contribute to one’s overall health.
For someone who has already experienced significant loss of bone mass, available exercises will be limited. This will often exclude any higher impact exercises like running, jogging and sometimes even walking. However, swimming and water aerobics are still great options. By exercising while suspended in the water, you can work your muscles and build strength without putting any strain on your healing bones. Many local YMCAs or fitness centers will offer special classes for seniors in the pool.
About the Author
Thaya Kareeson regularly writes on TweakFit about personal fitness. Feel free to check out his blog!