New Years Resolution for Good Bone Health: Question of the Week
It's that time of year again where we start to make our lists of things to change or accomplish in the coming year. You may have recently decided to have a DXA scan, or you're re-thinking your exercise routine due to the change in weather. Maybe you've even discovered some new bone supplements you'd like to try, but haven't quite decided which one seem the most promising. Have you asked Santa for any new exercise DVD's that can be done in the warmth and comfort of your home that you're hoping to get?
For this weeks Question of the Week I'd like us all to make a list of things we'd like to accomplish this coming year to help build strong bones. I know many of you have wonderful ideas, and if you could pass them along to the rest of our community, it will help us to formulate our goals as well.
Here's my list of things I want to do for the coming year, and let's hear yours. They don't have to be major life changes; they could be simple things we need to do that just keep getting pushed down on our to-do list and now's the time to actually set out and do it!
This is my first list, so I will probably revise it many times since I'm very good at constantly changing my mind about what is most important in my life.
- Since I have trouble with some of the weight bearing exercises, due to arthritis, I want to sign up for a water aerobics class. Water exercises aren't typically considered weight bearing exercise, but if it's all you can do then go for it.
- Buy a pair of walking poles to help with the pain that comes from walking on hard surfaces. Walking poles help to un-load the weight your hips sustain while walking and they also keep your posture correct while exercising. (We hope to hear from those using these).
- Buy a new pair of walking shoes
- Decide on a new DVD for indoor exercise
- Increase my calcium through food sources
- Increase the amount of sleep I get
- Find a exercise buddy to keep me motivated
- Stop pushing myself so hard and realize that time spent doing some relaxation techniques, and being kind to myself will help to relieve stress, strengthen my bones and overall health. Stress causes high cortisol levels which in turn breaks down bone, so incorporating stress-relieving activities will have many benefits year round.
- Cut back on some caffeine
- Have my Vitamin D levels checked more often
Please share your great ideas with us!!