Like our muscles, our bones are something we shouldn’t forget about. When you’re heading to the gym, muscle strength and bone strength should be your focus.
Scientists think that moderate pounding on your bones—the kind that comes from impact exercises—plays an important role in maintaining healthy bones. As well improving bone density, exercising increases the size and strength and capacity of muscles. Osteoporosis Australia explains that this works as you are forcing your body to work against gravity, impact exercises are the best for both building your bones and keeping them strong.
Some examples are:
If you are unable to do impact exercises these low-impact options are still great for building bone strength.
- low-impact aerobics
- elliptical trainers
- using stair-step machines
- fast walking
Resistance training such as lifting weights is also a great way to build both muscle and bone strength. Caltrate Bone and Muscle Health helps support bone and muscle strength when supplemented with a healthy diet and exercise.
To get the most out of your exercise aim to be active for a minimum of 30 minutes a day and try and increase your weights and reps when you can.
These exercises in conjunction with a healthy, calcium rich diet will lead to improved balance, coordination and overall health.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.