Optimizing Bone Health

Social media fitspos are always so focused on the muscles, how they look, forgetting that at the foundation we have our bones!  Our bones pull on our tendons in order to produce movement.  They help us maintain posture and sustain body positions throughout the day.  They support our soft tissues like our visceral organs, and the entrance/exit of the body.  They also help maintain our body temperature by releasing heat.

By age 18, 90% of our bone mass has developed.  Did you know that we can help the future generations optimize the development of their bone mass density through proper intake of vitamin D, calcium, and CONSISTENT physical activity?  Even weight training!  The old school myth that weight training stunts growth is just that, a myth.  We have so much research that documents that not only does weight training not negatively affect growth, but how it positively affects bone mass density in growing children.

We know that weight training is excellent for optimizing and maintaining bone health even in the older ages of 70 and 80 years old because weight training does cause stress on the bones.  When bone is stressed, electrical signals communicate to what are called the osteoblasts, to form more bone.  In other words the stress from weight training leads to bone enlargement in order to accommodate for bigger and/or stronger muscles.  If our bones are not put through this kind of positive stress, it leads to their weakening and more rapid decline.

Bone mass density can also be improved with the same lifestyle factors up until age 30.  By age 30 the 3 keys factors that influences the rate of decline at which you lose bone mass density and bone mineral content is your:

  1. Genetics
  2. Behavior
  3. Lifestyle (nutrition and fitness)

Key Take Aways:

  • Bones are just as important to worry about
  • Muscles are not the only things affected by exercise
  • We only get one skeleton, you want it to be in the best condition possible for as long as possible!
  • WEIGHT TRAINING IS KEY

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5 Bizarre Sounding Fitness Facts That Are Actually True

  1. Want to fit into a smaller pant size? Lift heavier weight.  If you are overweight, shift your focus to gaining muscle and losing fat by spending more time with dumbbells and barbless and a little less time on the elliptical.  Muscle takes up less space than fat, but is more dense than fat so weight loss may not always reflect on the scale, but yes on the pant sizes!
  2. Want to lose weight? Eat More:  Consuming 1200 calories in donuts and empty calories will yield different results compared to 1400 calories rich in whole food, fruits, and vegetables.  (hint: you will lose more consuming 1400 calories in whole foods)
  3. Want to lose the bloat?  Drink more water!  You’d think that more water would mean more water weight.  But not always!  Water can stimulate the release of excess water retention and can also help alleviate any bloating by helping your body actually use the restroom (water stimulates bowel movement).
  4. Exercise if you are tired:  If you are exhausted it may be a good idea to bring down intensity, but it is still important as exercise energizes.
  5. Not drinking diet soda will help you lose weight:  Research has actually shown that individuals who consume diet soda end up eating more calories daily!  Swap your diet sodas, regular sodas, and sugar filled juices for water

Learn more about the best online fitness program which includes comprehensive programs focused on shifting towards healthier eating habits, staying fit, and building a better booty. You’ll also find a variety of fitness apparel to help get you that extra motivation to take your goals to another level. Contact me today to learn more about the best fitness programs available to get your body in gear.