Bone Density & Pool Aerobics
Updated: Jan 7, 2022
Genes play a major role in our peak bone density. However lifestyle factors can influence whether we reach our full bone density potential. Physical activity is one of the building blocks for strong, healthy bones, along with nutrition & avoiding risk factors for osteoporosis.
Exercise goals for your bone health change as you enter different stages of life.
Childhood, adolescence & early adulthood
The best time to build bone density is during years of rapid growth. During this life stage the skeleton is growing & the exercise goal is to build healthy bones & maximum bone strength. The ideal regime is an average of an hour of physical activity each day.
Adults over 19 years old
At this life stage your body is no longer forming new bones as readily. The exercise goal is to maintain muscle & bone strength. The ideal regime includes weight-bearing activity at least 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week as well as muscle-strengthening or resistance training for an average of 2 days a week to improve bone health.