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Exercise Less and Accomplish More? Add Weight-Bearing Activities Throughout Your Day for Stronger Bones

Exercise Less and Accomplish More? Add Weight-Bearing Activities Throughout Your Day for Stronger Bones

Keeping a strong body with strong bones in the midst of a busy life can be a scheduling challenge! Awhile back, I switched from teaching my Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention classes from three days a week to two days. My class participants and clients are generally between the age of 50 and 75. Many of us weren’t feeling fully recovered with only 48 hours between our hour-long, vigorous workouts. Read more about how 72 hours seemed to do the trick.

In a progressive resistance/strength training program, fully recovered muscles grow stronger after each workout. Those stronger skeletal muscles, all of which are attached to bone, then pull harder on your bones during movement, stimulating them to slow down bone loss and possibly even grow stronger.

Other research supports twice-weekly strength training as optimal for those in the over-fifty age group. That schedule provides plenty of time for other aerobic, heart-healthy types of activities. I love to see the recent research which helps us piece together the puzzle of what constitutes, “The Illusive Optimal Fitness Routine.”

Rest assured, many varied paths can lead to good, overall fitness. Continue Reading

Q & A: Weight training for osteoporosis, toned body after 60, “batwings”, and elliptical trainers.

Q & A: Weight training for osteoporosis, toned body after 60, “batwings”, and elliptical trainers.

Just how tight everything gets depends a lot on genetics, skin tone, and body composition (fat to lean body mass ratio). Yes! You can achieve a very, very strong, body. The point is to strengthen your muscles, building a nice solid base underneath your skin. It does make a visible difference. But, honestly? We need to work with what we can control, our exercise and healthy diet, and let go of the unrealistic expectation that gravity and years won’t have an effect on our skin. Our bodies work and they’re beautiful!
My advice? Go for health. Don’t be too hard on yourself, do your strength training regularly, read Younger Next Year for Women, and have fun being active!! ….and keep your arm muscles flexed when you wave! 🙂 Continue Reading

Strength Training, Bone Density, & Fracture Risk

I recently had the opportunity to speak about bone density with a physician who has been an osteoporosis researcher for most of his life. He said, “We used to think that if we could only know a person’s bone density, we could solve all of our problems. Didn’t turn out that way.” He emphasized that… Continue Reading

Summer Reading: The First 20 Minutes and Younger Next Year for Women

Summer Reading: The First 20 Minutes and Younger Next Year for Women

If you’re looking for a couple of good books to take on a road trip or to the beach, a new book, The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer, by Gretchen Reynolds is a great choice. And if you haven’t yet picked up the classic Younger… Continue Reading