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Get Strong at Any Age (2014- - Blog #68)

Sunday, March 09, 2014


emoticon Very interesting article in the New York Times this morning about our bones... and keeping them strong. Current studies are calling out the need to have some high impact exercise in our routines, no matter our age, in order to keep our bones strong. The high impact has to be pretty deep in order for the bones to do their work to become stronger. Some examples include: sprinting, jumping off a box 15 inches or higher at your gym and jump back up and hopping in place.

The challenge for older people is that many have become hesitant to do the high impact work and so suddenly doing it could be dangerous or at minimum precarious. However, it made me re-affirm that hard work at any age is an investment into strong health and not just for a healthy heart.

I have noticed at our gym MUCH more high impact work area. Last week I saw one class where they jump from box to box and other umping activities. Now I can see the value besides good hard heart work and flexibility. Maybe once I come back from my trip, I will look into the class where this high impact work out.


Quote of the day
"Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it."
C.S. Lewis

MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: My Mountain - this was right after the brilliant sunrise yesterday.. (see yesterday's blog for the sunrise... which may now be my all time favorite!)

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  • SUGIRL06
    I am scared of jumping on the high boxes. Right now, I'm working on getting used to the medium box. I have to hop before I jump up but its better than before!
    1869 days ago
    High intensity is shown to protect the brain even more than doing puzzles, playing cards, or other mind-bending activities. Keep active sparkies. It is healthy every way you look at it.

    1869 days ago
    I read the same article, and found it confirmation that I'm on the right track (pun intended!).
    1869 days ago
  • no profile photo LOVINGKATE
    Thanks so much for sharing. All makes sense. Calcium from food and vit. D, very important. Have a great day. Love the sun set photo from yesterdays blog. Your mountain is so awesome. emoticon
    1869 days ago
    Same as Kali girl my knees and my specialist wont let me.... but I too take vit D. I hope I am doing well had bone density done years ago will have to ask for it again Perhaps in 3 years when I am 60 he will re do.

    1869 days ago
    Knees won't 'let' me, but last bone test showed great density. Here's to eating high calcium foods and getting plenty of vitamin D as an alternative - although the spring does make me want to emoticon
    1869 days ago
    Keep in mind that injury risk goes up with high impact- I didn't read the article, but you need to consider the benefits vs the drawbacks- you can get strong by lifting heavy or doing hard bycicling. I think it's important to challenge yourself, but it's also important to think about long term health benefits and how your body responds.

    I am curious how that class goes for you- It sure sounds fun!
    1869 days ago
    Hmmmm. This is making me think. Wonder what my doctor would think of it, since I've already suffered some bone loss.
    1869 days ago
    I am not sure about the high-impact point. I'll do some looking into it. I could say a lot about some reservations for most people above 50 but I'm sure you are aware of them all.

    Your mountain is beautiful!
    1869 days ago
    Interesting news Diane, kind of makes sense!

    Have a great week hun emoticon
    1869 days ago
    Thanks for this. At 63 I'm VERY interested in older people and strength.

    I've just gone to the article and followed the link to the abstract. They have studied people up to around fifties but are still planning to study people over sixty. This will be very interesting,
    1869 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/10/2014 2:19:13 AM
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