Age with vitality and longevity by supporting your bone health. Maintaining a regular fitness routine, whether going for a casual morning walk or doing a cardio workout, is the first step to ensuring optimal physical health. Add weight to your everyday routine, and take control of the life you live.
If you experience the effects of osteoporosis and want to improve your bone health, continue reading to learn more about research backed evidence supporting the importance of weight-bearing exercises to improve, strength, bone density, and balance.
The Osteoporosis Foundation says, “Weight-bearing exercises are the most important to build bone and muscle strength.”[i] Furthermore, according to research conducted by Elder Strength, after performing 20-25 repetitions, you build endurance and stamina but no longer build strength.[ii] Therefore, you want to add weight and perform less than 20 reps, to build greater strength over time. Hand in hand, improving your strength ultimately leads to increased bone density.
Improved Bone Density
People achieve their peak bone mass in their late 20s, so taking the necessary steps to maintain that bone mass is essential.[iii] Moreover, for people over 40, the bone mass percentage declines by 1% each year.[iv] Thus, such individuals must include weighted wearables in their daily fitness regime to preserve their bone mass.
A study published in the ‘Quality of Life Research’ compared those who wore a weighted vest with those who didn’t wear a weighted vest while exercising. Both groups performed low-intensity exercises once a week for 1 hour. Individuals who wore the weighted vest saw approx. 1% increase in bone density. On the other hand, those who did not wear a weighted vest saw a 0.6% decrease in bone density.
According to the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older break a bone due to osteoporosis. Half of these fractures are due to a fall.[v] Maintaining and improving balance is essential to reducing the risk of falls. Incorporating weight-bearing exercises by adding a weighted vest or belt will build bone strength and the muscles supporting the spine, reducing the fall risk.
Power Wearhouse prides itself in offering a wide range of weighted wearables that have a discreet and stackable design allowing you to wear them regardless of whether you are going for a walk, running errands, or in the gym. Allowing you to add in increments of 8oz, take control of your physical health with confidence, and improve your bone strength to live with vitality!