Earlier this week, we looked at what vitamins and minerals are needed for a child and teen to maximize their peak bone mass. The other critical aspect of building bone health at a young age is exercise. Here are some quick tips related to that:
+Weight-bearing exercise stimulates bones and makes them grow stronger.
+Some of the best exercises a kid can do for their bones are running, dancing, gymnastics, climbing, hiking, tennis, basketball, skateboarding, volleyball, soccer, and weight training.
+Activities such as swimming and biking are good cardio, but don’t do much for strengthening bones since they aren’t weight-bearing.
So we’ve looked at the things kids and teens SHOULD do to help build bones that will last a lifetime, now let’s take a look at things that interfere with bone development that they need to avoid:
-smoking and drinking
-excessive dieting and eating disorders (these can cause hormonal imbalances)
-absent or missed periods
-Corticosteroids (typically for asthma) and anticonvulsant medications, if possible