Keeping Strong Bones For Life
Posted by Nancy on July 18, 2011
Whether you are one who gets your exercise by lacing up the boxing gloves and burning a ton of calories working out with a punching bag or by hoping on your road bike for a long ride or whatever your sport may be, it is important that you have a healthy body. One of the critical aspects of having a healthy body is having strong bones. It is a fact that over time, the bones in our bodies become more brittle and susceptible to injury. While it is inevitable that our bones become somewhat weaker as we age, there is a lot we can do to minimize this progression.
For starters, it is important to eat the right kinds of foods to maintain a healthy
skeletal structure. Over time bones lose a great deal of the calcium that keeps them strong so it is vital to eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Although it is true that women are more likely than men to have an acceleration of bone loss which can lead to Osteoporosis (a disease characterized by weakened bones), men are also at risk.
Another factor that merits consideration is being too thin. We live in a culture that seems to prize being ultra-thin but it has been proven that a too- thin body is one that harbors a greater risk for Osteoporosis and serious injury.
Along with that is the fact that consuming large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis also puts one in that same risk category.
Many qualified people believe that there is nothing more beneficial in keeping our bodies and bones strong and healthy than exercise. It doesn’t necessarily matter what the exercise is as long as one is consistent. It’s interesting that some of the very things that we want to stay strong and healthy for such as the ability to play tennis, to cycle, to ski, etc., are the very things that help to keep our bodies in the condition we want them to be in.