Wednesday, February 11, 2009

"You will hold me..."

Toddlers are yummy to play with and even yummier to cuddle.

And they LOVE when you pick them up. And don't hesitate (I mean as long as it's not for the upteenth time and you can barely breathe b/c they've played horsey on you and ridden cross country and back. And we know they will try...)

Picking up heavy things like big soup pots, buckets of water, or even
better a cutie-pie toddler is helpful for the continued buildup of bone.

A study at the Veterans Adminstration Medical Center in Florida found that weight training, by boosting the strength of legs, arms, and shoulders, increased bone density by around 1.5 percent per year, whereas being sedentary caused bone density LOSS about 2 percent per year. Over the course of years, these numbers add up...

(Aside from weight lifting, stair climbing, dancing (woohoo!), and brisk walking also contribute to bone build up, says Gary Null in Power Aging.)

But this isn't just another excuse for me to exercise.

It's also another excuse to pick up that wide-eyed sweetie pie and share the love!

G-d bless!

Check it out
Food and Our Bones, AnneMarie Colbin

http://www.naturalnews.com/010528.html

2 comments:

Black Diaspora said...

"...being sedentary caused bone density LOSS about 2 percent per year. Over the course of years, these numbers add up..."

Great post!

Can the condition be reversed with exercise?

Chaya said...

Hey, there!
Y'know I asked the same question. And much to my relief, I've read in a couple of places that it can be reversed. It seems it takes a lot of work. (gulp) I've read that exercise esp. weight bearing for sure has a lot to do with it, but also getting proper amounts of nutrients ASIDE from calcium, like magnesium, Vitamin D. And avoiding calcium drainers, like excess alcohol.

There's too much info to give over, but you can check out
http://www.betterbones.com/osteoporosis/top10myths.aspx
It has A LOT of info!

Enjoy!