Bone Density – Who Cares?
Bone density is not the most exciting topic, BUT it is incredibly important to emphasize as we mature.
So why should we care? Let me take the science lingo out of it and put it into practical terms
Well, as we age the likeliness of falling increases dramatically. Falling in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s becomes more life-threatening with each decade and even more threatening for a deconditioned body.
*Deconditioning is a complex process of physiological change following a period of inactivity, bed rest, or a sedentary lifestyle. It results in functional losses in such areas as mental status, degree of continence, and ability to accomplish activities of daily living*
So, what are my risks if I fall and I have not done the work to maintain my bone density and muscle mass?
The biggest risk is fracturing bones. Depending on which bone is fractured could have a life-altering effect on daily living. The aftermath of a fall and thus fractured bones often impact other people's lives too, as most will require help or even assisted living.
What can we do to maintain bone density and improve muscle mass?
C'mon, I bet you can guess! Strength training! If I had a nickel for every time a client told me they fell or had some freak situation happen where they should have been hurt, but weren't then I could retire tomorrow!
If your regimen consists of only walking and cardio then I highly recommend introducing some strength training alongside that.
The way you take care of yourself TODAY has EVERYTHING to do with your quality of life later. So if you're already strength training then keep at it!
You make the choice.