3 Exercises To Keep Your Bones Healthy At Any Age
Good nutrition (such as adequate calcium intake) and smart sun exposure are vital to bone health – but so is exercise. Daily exercise can help to prevent and even reverse bone loss, as well as promote stability and balance which is key for preventing the most common cause of fracture, falls. Incorporate these forms of exercise into your daily routine to help keep bones strong and your body flexible:
- Weight bearing exercise – try walking, dancing or stair-climbing daily (aim for 30-60 minutes most days). If you can tolerate a higher intensity, your bones will benefit from the challenge.
- Strength training – lunges, wall slides, free weights or weight machines are good choices – consider working with a professional trainer for personal instruction.
- Flexibility exercises – Most break bones due to a fall. Minimize your chances by practicing tai chi and/or yoga to improve balance, coordination and flexibility.
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