It's well known that over time we are going to lose bone density. Osteoporosis is a real problem as people get older, to the point where a simple slip and fall can break a hip. But there is a way to help. Working out.
Basically anything physical is good for your bones. Walking and running are both good. But when it comes down to it, the best way to strengthen bones is to give them stress and impact.
This means that running is better for your bones than walking because it creates more stress one the bone. Lifting weights, or doing any resistance training is also important. Resistance training places stress on the muscles you have, and by doing so places stresses on the bone when you lift.
Just like with any training more stress means your body will adapt. Any stress you place on your body causes your body to adapt to that stress. When you do resistance training you will be pushing your muscles and bones to get stronger. They won't have a choice.
This goes for all ages and people who are over 70 as much as it does someone in their 20s. Resistance exercises will strengthen bones for everyone. It doesn't matter how old or young you are. Your body will adapt to the stress of the workout and get stronger.
So don't take a chance on breaking a hip. Workout and save your bones.
Devin Sherrington is a master personal trainer and owner of 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
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