As we age, bone density and aging seems to become an issue we never realized we’d have to deal with. Our bodies undergo various changes when we age. One significant change that often goes unnoticed is the loss of bone density. But what does this mean for you, especially now that you’re over 40, and what can you do about it? This is why strength training matters and why we think starting to add in even 10 minutes a day can change things.
Bone Density – What Is It?
Our bones are living tissue that continuously break down and renew themselves. Until about the age of 30, our bodies make new bone faster than old bone is broken down, resulting in peak bone mass. However, as we grow older, this balance tips, and we start losing more bone mass than we gain.
This process accelerates after 40, and particularly for women during menopause, leading to decreased bone density over time. Lower bone density can increase the risk of fractures and osteoporosis, and impact your overall quality of life.
How does decreased bone density affect daily life? Here are a few examples:
- Mobility Issues: Loss of bone density can lead to decreased mobility over time, affecting simple tasks like walking, climbing stairs, or carrying groceries.
- Posture Changes: Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone density, can lead to changes in posture, such as a stooped or hunched stance.
- Increased Risk of Injury: Lower bone density increases the risk of fractures from falls or, in severe cases, even from minor bumps or stresses.
So, what can we do to combat bone density losses?
Strength training is a proven method to help improve bone density. Lifting weights, body weight exercises, and resistance training all provide the kind of stress that stimulates bone-building cells and helps increase bone mass. It’s never too late to start strength training, and the benefits extend beyond bone health to include muscle mass, balance, and overall functional fitness.
At Greenlight Personal Training, we specialize in strength training programs for individuals over 40, taking into account your specific needs, abilities, and goals. Our team of experienced trainers and nutrition coaches is ready to guide you on your fitness journey.
Ready to take the next step towards improved bone health? Schedule a discovery call with us today.
Yours in health,