Yoga is all about finding a stronger sense of fullness and happiness in life. The practice can forge incredible pathways to greater mindfulness, but it’s a lot easier to find those paths when your body is in great shape. This becomes more and more difficult as we age, especially when joint pain and weakened bones start to become an issue.
Bodies naturally lose and rebuild bone throughout the life cycle, but when turning 50, the body’s rebuilding processes slow dramatically. Bone is still lost at the same rate, but new bone doesn’t form as quickly to replace it, which gradually leads to weak and porous bones (osteoporosis). Currently, 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or are at a high risk of developing it because of already low bone density.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they actually break a bone, which usually happens when someone is doing something as simple as coughing, getting up from the couch, or taking groceries out of the car. Studies say that about one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone because of osteoporosis, which currently costs about $19 billion a year.
When someone has osteoporosis or is considered high risk, doctors generally prescribe medications to slow the rate of bone loss and encourage the body to create more bone faster. However, many people are rejecting dependence on pharmaceuticals and want more natural options.
Look into osteogenic loading, which can prevent and often reverse osteoporosis.
If you want to build stronger bones, improve strength, and create better balance, osteogenic loading is the best option. Osteogenic loading is a short set of brief, intense resistance movements that trigger the body’s natural bone rebuilding response and engineer stronger muscles and improved balance at the same time. The method is much more effective at building bone mass than exercise alone because people resist four or more times their own body weight during sessions, which is the amount required to kickstart new bone growth. Once the osteogenic loading event occurs, the body immediately goes to work building new bone and continues building for days. Sessions are only ten minutes once per week, and most people don’t even break a sweat. Because osteogenic loading is a specialized system, the body is pushed to the optimal limit without causing pain or injury.
Be proactive against bone loss.
Staying active throughout your life is a great way to battle bone loss before it begins. The body creates new bone more quickly during early adulthood, and the higher someone’s peak bone mass is during that time, the more bone they have “in the bank” as they age. Thinking about bone health early in life and encouraging friends and family to do the same is one of the best ways to ensure happier golden years. People who do osteogenic loading range in age from 7 to well into their nineties.
Take a look at your family tree.
If low bone density runs in your family, you likely run a greater risk of developing osteoporosis. According to the Mayo Clinic, those of Asian and Caucasian descent have a higher risk of low bone density, and having a parent or sibling who is affected by low bone density puts you at greater risk as well. Learn as much as you can about your family’s medical history, since having that information may determine how soon you should get a bone density screening.
Take control of manageable risk factors.
Osteoporosis affects millions of people, but it isn’t something that has to affect you. There are plenty of risk factors that every person can manage on their own, such as diet and lifestyle choices. Taking in enough calcium and vitamin D through food, staying active and avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol all contribute to stronger bones at every life stage.
Audit your vitamin supplements.
Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong bones, so most people assume taking calcium supplements will keep bones strong. However, new research shows that calcium supplements can actually be harmful. Studies have linked calcium supplements to increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, kidney stones, and prostate cancer, so ask your doctor before continuing to take supplements. Instead of relying on supplements, get calcium naturally through dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt; fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel; and fruits and vegetables such as kale, okra, collards, broccoli, and turnip greens.
Bone health is vital to our core well being at every age. It’s never too late to start building a better future for your bones. Learn more about natural treatments and preventions, and talk to your doctor about the most ideal health plan for you.
By Kyle Zagrodzky who is president of OsteoStrong, the health and wellness system with a focus on stronger bones, muscles, and balance in less than 10 minutes a week using scientifically proven and patented osteogenic loading technology. OsteoStrong introduced a new era in modern fitness and anti-aging in 2011 and has since helped thousands of clients between ages 8 and 98 improve strength, balance, endurance, and bone density. In 2014, the brand signed commitments with nine regional developers to launch 500 new locations across America. Today, the OsteoStrong brand is staying true to its growth towards a brand with global reach with the addition of more franchise sales and new regional developers.