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#823507 - 05/27/13 12:47 PM Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles
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Here is another tip for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month:
The Benefits of Physical Activity
Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles

As you age, it's important to protect your bones, joints and muscles. Not only do they support your body and help you move, but keeping bones, joints and muscles healthy can help ensure that you're able to do your daily activities and be physically active. Research shows that doing aerobic, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening physical activity of at least a moderately-intense level can slow the loss of bone density that comes with age.

Hip fracture is a serious health condition that can have life-changing negative effects, especially if you're an older adult. But research shows that people who do 120 to 300 minutes of at least moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week have a lower risk of hip fracture.

Regular physical activity helps with arthritis and other conditions affecting the joints. If you have arthritis, research shows that doing 130 to 150 (2 hours and 10 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, low-impact aerobic activity can not only improve your ability to manage pain and do everyday tasks, but it can also make your quality of life better.

Build strong, healthy muscles. Muscle-strengthening activities can help you increase or maintain your muscle mass and strength. Slowly increasing the amount of weight and number of repetitions you do will give you even more benefits, no matter your age.

Reference: CDC—Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
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#824069 - 05/31/13 06:30 AM Re: Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles [Re: Terri - Exercise/Yoga Editor]
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Thanks for the info. Really good advice. It's so important to look after our bodies to keep us as flexible and mobile as possible - especially as we age.

I'm always telling my clients about making changes in their diet to reduce acidity levels which may cause/aggravate arthritic conditions. A lot of people don't get the connection.
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