I am sure most of you reading this post will know that healthy bones are a desirable physical feature. And some of you will know that bones respond positively to exercise. But you may not know the extent to which healthy bones are integral to a well functioning body. It is true that wonderful bones help to maintain good health and contribute to an anti-ageing effect.
Bones secrete a hormone called osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is associated with efficient metabolism in the liver, brain and muscles. This hormone regulates the secretion of neurotransmitters involved in memory. It also stimulates the production of ATP in muscle. ATP is the fuel that produces muscles contraction.
Osteocalcin may also play a role in preventing ageing processes in the brain and muscles, an anti-ageing effect. Exercise is a stimulus for osteocalcin production and of course exercise has also been implicated in keeping the ageing process at bay. It would seem that there are no limits to the power of exercise.
The best time for bone stimulation is during childhood and adolescence, another important reason for children to be active. However, the load associated with exercise will positively stimulate bone at any age.
Check out this article in the Guardian for more information:
Weight Bearing Exercise:
The best type of exercise for bones is weight bearing exercise. This could bearing the weight of the body or bearing the weight of an external load. Many exercise forms do involve weight bearing exercise but swimming for example should be supplemented with other exercise to stimulate bones to be healthy.
For ideas on body weight bearing exercises see the following videos on the Super Fit YouTube channel:
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