January 2020 Bone Health Alert

Regular exercise is important for good bone health!

Many reports have revealed that weight-bearing exercise can help to slow bone loss, while other reports show exercise can build bone. By doing exercises, which put stress on bones, bone forming cells are stimulated to increase greater calcium deposits. The pushing and pulling with your bones during strength and power training causes stress and results in stronger and denser bones.

Activities as simple as walking or running, can help your bones. However, it is important to note that the higher-impact activities the greater the effect on your bones. For example, jogging or fast-paced aerobics will do more to strengthen bone than a leisurely walk. In addition, only those bones that are directly involved in the exercise will benefit. For example, walking or running protects the bones in your lower body, such as lower back, hips and knees.

It is suggested that a well-rounded strength training program, which works all the major muscle groups can benefit almost all of your bones. Of particular focus are exercises which target bones of the hips, spine, wrists, and ribs. Why? Because these are the sites that most commonly involve fractures. Furthermore, resistance workouts, which improve your strength and stability, reduce the chances of falls, which can lead to fractures.

For more information, visit: https://www.bonebiology.amgen.com/bone-health/oteoblasts-osteoclasts.html

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