How to love your bones with exercise – tips that go beyond drinking “Milk” every day.

Loving our bones means giving them the proper TLC that they need to stay as strong as possible. This is important to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures, especially later in life.

While the classic recommendation of eating calcium-rich foods to have strong bones does have truth to it, there are lifestyle choices you can make that pack a punch when it comes to strengthening bones and keeping your skeleton healthy too.  

Whether you have a family history of osteoporosis, are undergoing certain cancer treatments, or simply want to make sure that your bones are the strongest they can be, exercise is good for so many reasons, including cardiovascular health and mental well-being. But certain exercises can also help make bones stronger. Choosing to participate in exercises that cause impact – think jogging, weight lifting, and dancing – forces your bones to increase their bone density. While low-impact exercises like swimming are a healthy choice for many reasons, they don’t build strong bone like impactful movement does.

Stretching

You may have heard that you should be participating in weight-bearing exercise to support bone health. While this is true, stretching can also play a positive role in your bone health journey.

Stretching can improve your flexibility, which in turn can increase your range of motion and possibly help prevent bone injury. Keeping your muscles strong and flexible are goals that should be kept in mind when participating in an exercise plan.

If you have never participated in a stretch-related exercise program like yoga, it is best to talk to your doctor first to make sure it is safe for your personal needs.

Here is a yoga routine created by our Pure Cat Instructor Valencia Robinson to breathe and stretch to love your bones.

Strength Training,  Weight-Bearing and Pilates Exercises

From enjoying a round of tennis to engaging in a race, there is no shortage of options when it comes to weight-bearing exercises. Any exercise that causes impact on your bones counts, whether it is weight lifting, kickboxing, or even tap dancing.

Participating in weight-bearing exercises has been shown to increase bone mineral density, an important outcome when trying to maintain bone health.

Why not try some exercise now? Enjoy a fitness routine to love your bones by Pure Cat Instructor Derek Afterburns and Pilates routine by Pure Cat Instructor Samantha Clayton.

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Bottom Line

While diet plays a large role in bone health, lifestyle can be extremely impactful as well. Including a balance of stretching, weight-bearing exercises, and mind-body practices like pilates  can all have a positive impact on your bone health, as well as your overall well-being. Time to brush off those jogging sneakers!

Let’s get you focused in and meditating to love you bones. Although you may think that meditation can’t help your bone health, it can in so many ways!