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Exercise For Your Bone Health - 7/19/2011

Ask a friend about the benefits of exercise and they will probably mention increased muscle strength, coordination, and better overall health. However, working out provides another vitally important benefit, strengthening and solidifying your bones. Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger, which helps prevent injury and avoid long-term bone diseases.

 

Though weight-bearing, high-impact exercises may seem unhealthy and unsafe for your skeletal structure, the fact is that your bones react to the unnatural pressure of working out by becoming more dense and flexible. Some examples of proactive exercises include weight training, walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, tennis, and dancing; all of which can be performed at varying levels depending on your ability or age. On top of directly targeting your bone mass, exercise provides the aforementioned benefits such as muscle strength and flexibility, which help to prevent falls and fractures.

 

Studies show that through early adulthood, men and women who exercise regularly generally achieve greater peak bone mass than those who do not. While immediately important for preventing injury and overall health, the greatest advantage of this increased bone mass is actualized later in life. As we age past 30 years old, our bones begin to weaken and decay, leaving many people prone to fractures and diseases such as osteoporosis. The best natural remedy against injury and bone loss is stronger more durable bones forged through years of working out. 

 

Whether you are already experiencing the adverse affects of osteoporosis or another bone disease, or are looking to prevent its onset, frequent exercise, a vitamin-rich diet containing vitamin D and calcium are necessary steps to improving your condition. According to the Surgeon General, the optimal goal for children and adults of all ages is at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. Fortunately, you do not have to buy a gym membership or trek to the closest track to meet these aerobic goals. In fact, a healthier, stronger lifestyle can be achieved easily in a number of convenient ways within the comfort of your own home, for example through the use of a step-machine or practicing Pilates.

 

However, practicing caution and mediation is key, as over-exerting yourself can leave your body worse off than without exercise. For example, if you have osteoporosis, ask your doctor which activities are safe for you. If you have low bone mass, experts recommend that you protect your spine by avoiding exercises or activities that flex, bend, or twist it. Furthermore, you should avoid high-impact exercises to lower the risk of breaking a bone. Instead, attempt mild-impact trampoline exercises that promote stronger bones without any of the risk. Finally, lifestyle choices such as tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are heavy contributors to bone loss, and should be avoided.

 

It is never too late to start a workout regiment, and with yet another vital benefit realized via exercising, there’s never been a better time to start! The Healthy Back Store offers a wide range of products ideal for both low and high-impact exercises to help you get on the right track today!

 

HealthyBack.com is a specialty retailer that provides high-end comfort solutions and ergonomic products for back pain and other physical conditions. The company offers pain relieving products for sleeping, working, exercising and relaxing including back and neck supports, specialty mattresses, office chairs, exercise and therapy equipment, recliners and massage chairs. Healthy Back sells recognizable name brands such as Herman Miller and Tempur-Pedic, but also represents smaller, specialized manufacturers offering a growing selection of house-branded goods. Healthy Back has 23 stores in 6 states across the United States, and also sells through its website and call center, making it the largest privately owned back care retailer.