Weak bones may seem like an inevitable part of aging, but there’s lots we can do to make sure bones stay healthy down the line.
Resistance training is by far the best exercise for making stronger bones. It is proven to increase bone density. Resistance training is recommended as a preventative for the older generation who may be prone to osteoporosis in later life.
People most at risk for low bone density are post-menopausal women. Oestrogen helps to maintain bone strength throughout a woman’s life, however, when the menopause causes a drop in oestrogen, this puts the woman at a higher risk of developing low bone density.
In addition to this, men with low testosterone levels can also be at risk of developing low done density. In the older generation a trip or a fall can cause a hip or spinal fracture so having strong bones as we enter into later life should be on top of the list.
I once had a client who used to say to me that her investment in me as a personal trainer was her life insurance policy!
I always recommend that prevention is better than cure, so the earlier you can start a weight training regime the stronger your bones become for your life. Then if you go through a period where you cannot train due to injury or illness, you have a better chance of a quicker, smoother recovery due to the fact that your body and bones are stronger.
Weight training has other benefits too. It can help increase lean muscle mass, improve the strength of the connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons. With all of these benefits in mind, I can’t think of a reason why we shouldn’t lift weights! Even if it’s just your body weight that you start to move around, it’s a start!