Fit Tip: Build Strong Muscles for Strong Bones
Monday Morning Fit Tip:
BUILD STRONG MUSCLES
FOR STRONG BONES
You know your heart, lungs, and muscles all need regular exercise to stay healthy and fit. But did you know that’s true for your bones, too? Whether you’re already facing bone-density problems like osteoporosis or trying to prevent it in the future, regular exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your bones. But not just any old workout boasts bone benefits; the best exercises for building bone density and strength follow the LIVE approach:
L is for Load-bearing.
Weight-bearing exercise that requires your muscles to work against gravity by moving your own weight (or added weight) up and down has the most bone-building benefits. Examples of load-bearing exercises are walking or running uphill, step aerobics, jump rope, jumping jacks and strength training.
The more weight you move, and the more vigorously you move it, the more that exercise will strengthen your bones.
Exercises that involve as many different muscles in many different functional movement patterns are best. You can also change up your workout every few weeks to keep those muscles guessing and work them differently. Has it been awhile since you got a new workout card? Ask a trainer for a new workout today!
E is for Enjoyable.
Let’s face it: if you don’t like your exercises, you’re not likely to do them as much as you need for the best results. So try different things – the treadmill, group fitness classes, elliptical, swimming and more!
Questions? Ask a trainer at the club, we’re always here to help!