How to increase Your Bone Strength
Bone, strength, physiotherapy, Parramatta
In order to learn how to increase bone strength, we must first understand what our bones are. Bones are living tissues, and the body is constantly replacing old bone with new bone. As we get older, our bodies don’t replace new bone quick enough, which makes our bones weaker.
There are two important things that we should remember when it comes to increasing our bone strength.
1. Weight-bearing exercise :
Weight-bearing exercise simply means any kind of exercise that requires us to be on our feet. This means that sitting or lying down for long periods of time is not good for our bones.The less weight bearing exercise we do, the weaker our bones get. This is similar to what happens to astronauts when they come back from space. The strength of their bones is significantly lower and they can end up with osteoporosis, which basically means brittle bones.
2. Good nutrition :
When it comes to good nutrition there are two vital minerals we need to help build strong bones. They are Calcium and Vitamin D. One cannot go without the other. Basically without Vitamin D, our body will not absorb calcium well. And we need calcium to build strong bones. As a simple starting point, you can get calcium from milk and vitamin D from the sun, but it is always good to get your calcium and vitamin D levels checked by your local doctor.
3.Maintain a Stable, Healthy Weight:
Being too thin or too heavy can negatively affect bone health. Furthermore, maintaining a stable weight, rather than repeatedly losing and regaining it, can help preserve bone density.
Bone health is important for your life. However, having strong bones is something people tend to take for granted, as symptoms often don’t appear until bone loss is advanced. Fortunately, there are many nutrition and lifestyle habits that can help build and maintain strong bones. On this note… it’s never too early to start.
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