A new house is going up down the street from me. I pass the construction site almost every day, and sometimes I’ll stop and chat with the crew. They’re busy framing the house, and apparently, they tell me, this is the most important step. And it makes sense, right? The foundation has got to support the structure.
Same goes for our bones. Healthy bones mean a healthy foundation. And a healthy foundation for our bodies will pay dividends for years to come.
3 Tips for Healthier Bones
While we’re younger, our bodies produce lots of new bone tissue automatically. But as we age, that production slows, and if we’re not careful, weak brittle bones set in.
Of course we’ve all heard of the merits of calcium, but there are other effective ways to build healthy bones, and most of them don’t take a whole lot of effort. Here are a few:
1. Find new ways to move your body.
Instead of your usual routine, try something new. Yoga and tai chi, for example, are great low-impact ways to teach your old body some new tricks. Swimming is another easy exercise for older bodies.
2. Increase your weight bearing exercises.
Weight bearing exercises refer to how much of your body weight you’re holding up while exercising. Being strong enough to easily carry your own body mass will do wonders for your bones.
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3. Get out of your chair and onto your feet.
Sounds simple, right? As we become increasingly used to spending long hours in our chairs at work, our bones are paying a heavy price. Instead of taking the escalator, take the stairs. And rather than renting that golf cart, try walking the course instead.
Remember, that when it comes to bone health, you want to build a healthy foundation. And that doesn’t require a lot of fancy equipment or an elaborate selection of pills. All you need is your body, and a little motivation.