Prioritizing Balance Is an Essential Component of Bone Health

An active lifestyle is your best defense but several exercises can be done safely with social distancing
March 1, 2021 Updated: March 1, 2021

You might think you’re doing the most for your bones if you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D. And while it’s a great start, there is still a lot more to do.

Nutrition helps feed bones and prevent bone loss. But even strong bones can break. That’s why working on balance is one of the best things you can do to keep bones healthy.

When you’re stable on your feet and can stay upright, mobile, and agile, there’s less of a chance you’ll take a tumble. This can save your arms, wrists, shoulders, legs, ankles, and hips from a potentially life-threatening injury.

Several conditions can influence balance. Age is one of them. As can medications or conditions like arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis.

Sharpening balance may help reduce the risk for further injury and help you get more out of life. Thankfully, there are several activities designed to improve balance, and many can be practiced independently or in safe, socially distanced settings.

If you’re already living an active life, you’re certainly working on balance. Walking, running, climbing stairs, and cycling can promote better balance by strengthening lower-body muscles.

Of course, if you’re not doing these things, you can safely start. You won’t want to hit the ground running, however. It might be worthwhile to look into purchasing a stair climber or recumbent bike to exercise at home. Both of these devices can help with balance.

Stretching a few times per week, if not daily, can also help with balance. It helps loosen muscles to improve posture and balance while also promoting better mobility.

Yoga and Tai chi are specific types of stretching exercises that can aid balance to reduce the risk of falls and fractures.

Nutrition is essential for healthy bones, but exercise and better balance can offer further protection. Take the next step in bone health by building better balance.

Mat Lecompte is a freelance health and wellness journalist. This article was first published on Bel Marra Health.