Mak­ing bones a pri­or­ity

The team at South­side Fit­ness ex­plains how to help pre­vent os­teo­poro­sis

Style Magazine - - Fit­ness - BY ZAIN GHAZ­NAVI

Typ­i­cally when we think about our health we rarely think about our bones.

Build­ing healthy bones now can mean less frac­tures and pos­si­bly no os­teo­poro­sis in the later stages of your life. Many of us have heard of it, but what ex­actly is os­teo­poro­sis? It is a dis­ease that causes bones to be­come less dense, and more sus­cep­ti­ble to frac­tures and breaks.

This can af­fect both men and women, but with a higher oc­cur­rence in women. How­ever, there is good news! With a proper diet, ex­er­cise and lifestyle, os­teo­poro­sis can be eas­ily pre­ventable.

Sev­eral univer­sity stud­ies sug­gest the most ef­fec­tive way to in­crease your bone density is to do load bear­ing ex­er­cises two to three times a week.

‘Load bear­ing’ sim­ply means any ex­er­cise where your bones are un­der stress from a force be­ing ap­plied on them.

For ex­am­ple, a weighted squat will stress the bones in your legs and back.

Sim­i­larly, a ch­est press ex­er­cise will stress the bones in your arms. So, what are you wait­ing for? Come on down to South­side Fit­ness and check out our wide range of free weights, weighted vests, and racks.

Start working out those bones for a stronger, un­break­able you!

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