Most people don't give their bones even a moment's thought as long as they're able to do the things that having strong bones allow you to do. However, as we age it becomes more important to maintain bone health by exercising and eating a healthy diet.

Weight Bearing Exercises

Believe it or not, cardiovascular exercise does very little to build strong bones and increase bone density. Bone density is important because thick bones are healthy bones and don't break easily. This fact is best explained by understanding what your body must be able to withstand without sustaining a serious injury. For example, if you trip and fall you shouldn't break a bone. It should take a more significant trauma to actual create a bone fracture. Exercises that incorporate lifting some form of weight actually strengthen bones and increase their density.



If you're serious about building strong bones your diet has to contain adequate amounts of Calcium and vitamin D. Calcium helps your body to build strong bones and teeth while vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium and is a building block for growing healthy strong bones. Make sure that you're eating foods that contain enough of both of these precious vitamins to help build and maintain strong healthy bones. If you neglect the diet piece of the puzzle and your bones become weak and brittle as a result you may have to have bone level implants later in life.

The Perfect Combination

In your quest to build and maintain a strong and healthy bone structure you must first understand the importance of consistent exercise and diet. These two components must be present in order for you to achieve this goal. Success will not be as abundant if you are actively engaged in exercises that incorporate weight bearing exercises as well as cardiovascular ones but you live on a steady diet of junk food. Diet and exercise are the two components that complete this puzzle and must work together.

It is possible to maintain good bone density and strength as you sail into your golden years. Continue exercising, even if you have to make adjustments to your routine. Eat a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D to add to your exercise regimen. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.

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