Most people are familiar with the benefits of exercises. Instinctively, when we think of exercises, we think of reduced risk of obesity, heart diseases and stroke. Perhaps, not as well understood, is the importance of regular exercises in building strong and healthy bones.
As we age, our bones become weaker and fragile – a common condition known as osteoporosis. This bone-thinning disease gradually increases the risk of broken bones, which often leads to limited mobility and independence.
Exercises are essential for building strong bones while we are young. As we age, activities then help in maintaining bone strength. By exercising regularly, your bones adapt by building more cells and becoming denser. Another benefit of exercising as we age is that it helps prevent falls, which reduces the risk of broken bones.
Exercises and activities that are suitable for aging adults include; brisk walking, jogging, dancing, yoga, weight lifting push –ups, swimming, cycling, tennis, team sports such as soccer and basketball. Activities in and around the house include vacuuming, watering plants, dusting home organization and yard work.
High-impact exercises such as jumping rope and running are effective in increasing bone density. However, people who are frail should avoid such high impact exercises until cleared by a physician.
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