Are you over 50 years of age? Have you broken any bones or have a family history of osteoporosis?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions you should consider talking to your healthcare provider about a bone density test and develop a plan to protect your bones.
Bone density is a medical term normally referring to the amount of mineral matter per square centimetre of bones. In addition to helping you lose fat, build muscle, boost mood, improve sleep and so much more, weight training also helps improve bone density.
Maximum bone density is generally reached around age 30 where bone mass begins to decline naturally with age. Although you may not be in a high risk group, strengthening bones should be a priority, as the more dense you can make your bones, the more you can lose over time without suffering the negative consequences.
How can you increase your bone density?
Weight bearing exercise and resistance training are crucial to increasing bone density along with taking bone support micro nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, not smoking, and addressing medical and hormonal issues that may be predisposing you to osteopenia or osteoporosis. Not only can weight training increase bone density, it can also improve muscle mass, balance and connective tissue strength, all of which decrease the risk of falling and breaking something.
Strength training at least twice a week is needed to stimulate bone growth.
Here at Raglan Gym we can help design a weights programme for you – See the team today.
Raglan Gym – 825 0079