Most days at the gym, I slip some strength training in to class, even if it’s a “cardio” day. So good for us for so many reasons, building stronger bones one of the most important ones. Bones are a living, growing framework composed of soft collagen strengthened by calcium phosphate. They not only protect our vital organs but they also form the shape of our bodies! We know that weight bearing exercises like running and tennis, just to name a couple, are great for our skeletons and recent studies reveal that just 3, one hour sessions of cardio per week, stimulate stem cells in bone marrow more likely to morph to bone, than fat. What we eat really matters too, and we all need to think beyond the cow….A diet high in fruits and vegetables is more alkaline, which is better for bone health than the acids in a meat-based diet. Blueberries may actually stimulate bone formation and prunes may help slow down bone decay. Edamame, chia seeds and sesame seeds are great sources of calcium as are all your leafy green vegetables. There is much evidence supporting the idea that when we get our calcium from dairy products, it actually stimulates our bones to release calcium at a faster rate than what’s coming in, which doesn’t seem to happen when we eat the greens and seeds.
Do something great for your bones today and every day. They are YOUR framework!