Strong Bones Bounce: Another Benefit of A Strong Backside

You’ve heard about the benefits of weight-bearing exercise for strengthening your bones.

Being straight and having a strong backside puts the pressure of being upright on your bones, where it belongs. That lets your bones become strong.

And you can read about preventing osteoporosis with good posture (which you can create with the SimpleStrengthening exercises.)

I’m here to testify…

I kind of hate to admit it, but from time to time, I trip.

I had a lovely “trip” just a few days ago. A five-point landing. No one applauded, but I’m quite sure it was very impressive.

And, once again, I did not break any bones.

And, I am grateful.

How do I keep my bones strong and healthy?

Let me count the ways:

1. Plenty of sunshine (creates vitamin D.) Bones need vitamin D to absorb calcium from your food. (D3 is the best type.)

Most people in the northern United States are deficient in Vitamin D. This happens because you don’t get enough sunshine on your skin for one reason or another. Your doctor can do a blood test to check if you are deficient, if you want.

A good time to get sunshine is while you are…

2. Walking. Walking is weight-bearing exercise. So is being on your feet while you watch TV.

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Considering Walking for Knee Pain Relief? Walking Will Help Your Knee Pain

I was starting to have “crabby” knees, and decided I had to do something about it.

I remembered working with a man who had severe damage to both knees.  He told me he could walk without pain, even on stairs, as long as he kept the muscles around his knees strong.  He did this with machine weight training.

I thought about him, and decided Continue reading

Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades? How To Get Rid Of Shoulder Blade Pain

If I were to ask you what causes the pain between your shoulder blades, what would you say?

Would you tell me the cause was stress? Overwork? Old age? Arthritis? Or from your nerves or bones?

Would you be surprised if I told you that the cause was most likely… Continue reading

Hip Pain – Can It Be Helped With Strengthening Or Is It Arthritis?

If a doctor looked at an x-ray of any one of us, he or she would say, “Oh, you have arthritis.”
When the doctor can see bony changes in an x-ray, the assumption is that’s the reason for our hip pain as well as any other complaints we have.

Well, maybe.  Maybe not.

We all have changes in our bones and joints that show up on x-rays.  Do we all have pain?

No.

But when a doctor can see something Continue reading

Simple Strengthening Tip #4 – Shin Muscles

Shins?  Why on earth would you need to have strong shins muscles?  Here’s why.

1.  Strong shin muscles create balance between your strong calves and the front of your lower leg.

2.  They help prevent charley-horses, or cramps, in your calves.

3.   They help create balanced posture.  A balanced body has less pain.

4.   And, I can’t say for sure, but Continue reading

What Causes Muscle Strain?

If our muscles get out of balance – some too tense or tight, and others too loose or flacid – it is easy to have muscle strain.

Here is an example.  You may recognize this pain that lots of us experience:  The one on your back, between your spine and your shoulder blade.  If you are right-handed, it will be on your right side.

It feels like a knot, and almost feels like it is burning.  Do you know that pain?

Here is what happened.  The muscles in the front of your body, chest and arm, and probably your neck, become shorter and tighter.  This occurs because Continue reading

Simple Strengthening Tip #3 – Upper Back

There is a reason for your upper back pain.

Most of the time we hold our shoulders in a rolled forward position.  Our head and shoulders are in front of our body during virtually all of our activities.

As a result, the muscles in our back get Continue reading