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skipping benefits - fighting osteoporosis

Posted on Monday, 18 August 2008 03:59PM by Scott Robert-Shaw, skip-hop

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis literally means 'porous bones'. Our bones are made up of a thick outer shell and a strong inner mesh which looks like a honeycomb made up of tiny struts of bone. Osteoporosis means some of these struts become thin or break, making bones more fragile and prone to fracture. It often remains undetected until a bone is first broken, which commonly occurs in the wrists, hips and spinal bones. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK will fracture a bone, mainly as a result of osteoporosis. The cause of the disease is still not fully understood, but research continues to build up a picture of the factors that influence our bone health.

Exercise

Your skeleton grows stronger if you do regular weight-bearing exercise. This is any kind of physical activity where you are supporting the weight of your own body, for example jogging, aerobics, tennis, dancing brisk walking. Weight lifting is another good type of bone-building exercise, where the action of the tendons pulling on the bones seems to boost strength.

Skipping and Bone Density

The Osteoporosis Society recommends 2 to 5 minutes of a physical activity like skipping every day to help prevent osteoporosis.
The benefits of a physical activity like skipping in relation to osteoporosis are very well established. Weight bearing activity that puts stress on the bone is recommended during adolescence to develop optimum bone mass. It is also beneficial to maintain activities like skipping throughout life because it minimises the rate of bone loss and provides the maximum protection against osteoporosis. Skipping is an ideal activity to help prevent Osteoporosis - for further information visit the National Osteoporosis Society Website.

Older people and skipping.

Skipping promotes strength, balance and power so not only does it help guard against osteoporosis it could be beneficial for older people because it potentially helps to prevent falls. Although skipping as an activity can reduce the rate of bone loss it is worth pointing out that it cannot reverse advanced bone loss.