Lift It or Lose It - Treat and Prevent Osteoporosis
10 December 2012
Weight lifting is a great way to burn fat and increase muscle mass, but did you know that is also helps treat and prevent osteoporosis? How’s that for motivation?
10 million Americans are affected by osteoporosis and regular resistance training can delay or avoid the onset of this disease.
Studies show that lifting weights over a period of time can help prevent bone loss and may even help build new bone.
Supplements such as calcium and magnesium are important, but strength training is crucial for your bones to retain these nutrients.
When training for bone density:
Focus on the back and hip. Those are the areas most damaged by bone loss increasing the risk of osteoporosis fractures.
Make sure to do one exercise for each major muscle group like squats, lunges, and bench press.
Hip extensions, hip abductions and adductions, and hip flexions, are also very beneficial.