November is National Osteoporosis Month, so if you haven’t been considering your bone health lately, then now is the time to start. October 20 was National Osteoporosis Day, so if you missed that, you still have a chance to learn more about this disease all throughout the month of November.
You may already be aware of the causes of osteoporosis, and if you suffer from the disease, then you may already be on drugs so as to try and control it. However, there are a lot of natural ways to tackle this disease that you may have forgotten about or never even been informed of.
If you want to fight impending or existing osteoporosis, there are a lot of fun and healthy ways to do so. Depending on your current activity level, you can do anything from jogging for 20 minutes, three times a week, to practicing tai chi. Here is a quick list of the activities that the National Osteoporosis Society recommends, depending on your age and fitness level:
Younger, More Physically Fit Individuals Can:
— Skip rope every day for five minutes. Don’t have a rope? Try doing 50 to 100 jumping jacks instead — Join a team and play a sport as often as you can — Jog or run three days a week. Try to do this for at least 20 minutes at a time –Try jogging up a flight of stairs or using a Stairmaster set at a fast setting
Older, Less Physically Fit Individuals Can:
— Go for a walk every day for about 20 minutes — Do some light weight training every other day of the week — Take a dance class — Try tai chi or yoga. These low-impact stretching exercises are great for building the muscles that support your bones — Get on a Stairmaster and use it at its low setting for a few minutes every day