Anti-aging exercise. You may have read that exercise promotes health and happiness. Many books and articles suggest walking, jogging, running and other 'aerobic' exercise. BUT it is also important to include exercises that are 'weight bearing'. Why? These stimulate your body to build new, strong bones.
Your bones are living tissues. Your bones constantly renew themselves - discarding 'old' weaker bone and creating new strong bones. How is this done? Your bones have two types of cells. Osteoclasts that remove old bone. Osteblasts build new bone.
Until age 33 or 35 your Osteoblasts are more active than your Osteoclasts. (This is why children's bones grow longer each year and why the bones of young adults get denser and thicker each year.) After age 35, your Osteoblasts slow down. The balance between Osteoblasts and Osteoclasts shifts. And if you do not take special care to build new, strong bone, your body will remove more bone than it makes. Result? Your bones may become thin (Osteopenia) and if the bone removal continues unabated you will have a more serious condition: Osteoporosis (porous bones). With either of these conditions, you are at greater risk for fractures.
When doing Anti-aging exercise, it is important to include some that 'weight bearing'. These exercises are what stimulate your Osteoblasts to build new bone.
Your bones are living tissues. Like all tissues, bone renews itself. Osteoclasts are cells that remove old bone and Osteblasts are the cells that build new bone. Up until age 33 or 35 your Osteoblasts (bone builders) are more active than your Osteoclasts. That is why children's bones grow longer and why the bones of young adults get denser and thicker. But after age 35, things change. Your bone building Osteoblast cells slow down and your body begins to remove more bone than it makes.
If you do not work at building bone, you will develop Osteopenia. (thin bones). This can progress to a more serious condition, Osteoporosis (porous bones). With either condition, you are at greater risk for fractures.
How weight bearing activities help
When you put stress on your bones, your Osteoblasts (bone building) cells are stimulated to greater activity. Various types of weight bearing activities can be an Anti-aging exercise for your bones. And the sooner you start after reaching your mid-thirties, the better. You can prevent excessive bone loss before it starts!
What sorts of Anti-aging exercise fits the 'weight bearing' definition.
First let's consider what is NOT a weight bearing activity. Two popular activities come to mind: swimming and cycling. Many people feel surprise to find that these activities are not bone builders. But it is true. In fact, long distance cyclists have been found to have more bone loss that participants in any other sport.
Also, excessive exercise of any type is not good for your bones. Recent research has shown the going to the gym 3 or 4 times a week and working out for an hour or two could interfere with bone building. MORE is not always better.
Weight bearing activity that will have a positive effect on your bones:
The choice is yours. You can build weight bearing activities into your day or you can go to they gym to life weights or you can buy some weights to use at home. But weight bearing is one of the most important kinds of Anti-Aging exercise activity's for anyone who wants to remain young and vibrant into their 90's.
All other Anti-aging activities will be of little use if you need a walker or wheel chair because you broke your hip or if you have developed a back hump from spontaneous spinal fractures.
You need weight bearing activity and the sooner you begin the better for you.