Reduce Your Risk of Osteoporosis with Dance!
In the United States alone, low bone mass and osteoporosis are considered to be major public health threats for men and women over age 50. In fact, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 44 million people in the US have been diagnosed with the disease. (Just consider how many have not been diagnosed!)
If you are at risk for osteoporosis, a condition which occurs when bones lose calcium and other minerals faster than the body can replace them. Once the disease sets in, bones are at a higher risk of fracture and breakage since they become brittle. Most people diagnosed with osteoporosis are middle aged, because when we are younger our bodies are able to build bone mass. As we age, bones aren’t able to repair as easily.
So, what’s an active person at risk of osteoporosis to do? First off, people at risk for bone loss should eat foods rich in calcium including salmon, almonds, dairy and greens. Since our bodies cannot absorb all the calcium consumed, it’s important, say doctors, to eat three to five servings of food rich in calcium daily. Also, avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol as they take their toll on bone health, as well.
At Arthur Murray, we have another great way to take care of your body: dance your way to great bone health!
Actually, many medical authorities agree that the key to protecting our bones is to take part in weight-bearing exercises that improve flexibility and improve balance. We may not be able to build new bone mass, but we can manage the bones we have by keeping them strong! Ballroom dancing is a great way to do just that!
Osteoporosis Australia, reports “dancing is considered one of the most effective activities to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.” The organization revealed in a recent study that “dancing and gymnastics are highly osteogenic, which means they have a high capacity to build bone mass, a major contributing factor to avoiding osteoporosis.”
So, let’s dance! Contact Arthur Murray Charleston today to reserve your free first dance lesson. In addition to enjoying the health-related benefits, you’ll have the time of your life!