Every day, we rely on our skeletal system; the skeletal system is responsible for our movement, protecting our organs, creating blood cells, and storing critical minerals. Many of us don’t give our bones much thought unless we break them. Some of us find that our bone health is less than optimal, and during a medical check-up, we learn that we have a severe level of bone loss.
Bone density refers to how much bone minerals, including calcium and other minerals, are held within the bone. Healthy bones are dense, and so they contain a high amount of mineral content. As we age, it’s critical that we maintain an increased bone density so that we can avoid life-limiting bone breaks.
The choices for weight-bearing exercises are many, so explore the many options! Consider both winter and summer sports, such as running, cross country skiing, group fitness classes, snowshoeing, and the list goes on. As long as your movement causes you to be working against gravity, you are completing a weight-bearing exercise.
Bodyweight exercises are a great place to start, as is using resistance bands and tubing. If you have a home gym, bands and tubing are affordable, space-saving additions to your workout. Free weights are another fantastic option for your resistance training and do not require significant expenditure. You can use items around your home such as jugs, canned goods, and backpacks filled to create weight. Your local gym likely has a full complement of exercise machines; check in with the gym staff if you are unsure how to use the devices correctly.