Exercise to Get Strong Bones
If you're like most of us, you work out to build muscles, strengthen your cardio health or increase flexibility. We rarely think about exercising to strengthen our bones -- and we should!
In general, activities like running and jumping are the most effective way to improve bone health, according to a recent article in the New York Times.
That means group-fitness classes like Pace (Saturdays, 9:15 am) and Treadmill Bootcamp (Tuesdays, 9 am; Wednesdays, 5:45 pm or 6:30 pm) not only build speed, strength and endurance -- they also help your bones.
If running isn't your speed, try Balanced Plyometrics (Tuesdays, 7 pm), a class that improves your speed and strength by combining jump training with flexibility exercises. Inone study mentioned in New York Times article, women ages 25 to 50 who leaped at least 10 times in a row, twice per day for four months, significantly increased the density of their hipbones.
And if running and jump training aren't for you, give Cardio Dance (Wednesdays, 6 pm; Saturdays, 10:30 am) a go-go. You'll learn hot moves and amazing choreography in a variety of dance styles. You'll be having so much fun you won't even notice how much you're sweating.
Most people don't even begin to think about their bones until they get older and face the prospects of osteoporosis. But by adding exercises to strengthen our bones today, we may ward off those prospects tomorrow.