A few years ago, there was a story on the news about an interesting program done at a school. At specific times of day a bell would ring and the kids stood up and jumped in place. This activity helps kids develop bone density through a weight-bearing exercise, in this case jumping in place like jump roping. A lot ofactivity during the pre-teenand teen years helps to increase bone mass and reduces the likelihood of developing osteoporosis later in life. The bonus to this story was that the added physical activity also helped the kids concentrate in class!
You may know the benefits of calcium for bone development and strength. How thick your bones are is one of the factors that determine if Osteoporosis may develop, but other factors that contribute are diet, health, and physical activity.
After the age of 30, bone thinning begins to occur naturally. Smoking puts you at risk of osteoporosis and actually increases bone thinning once it starts.
Of course, eating a healthy diet and taking a calcium supplement are the keys to sustaining bone health. But did you know that remaining active and doing specific types of exercise will help you maintain strong bones? These exercises, called