40 Years Young or Older – We Need to Support Our Bone Density!
Even after humans stop growing through automated stages of bone and muscle development, something called appositional growth of the bone continues. This is when new bone matrix layers are deposited over the old layering of bone to establish thicker and more dense bones. This process continues until we reach around 40 years of age and then our bodies reach a plateau where the breakdown and buildup of new bone are equal. From this point we begin to see mild bone loss that lasts 15 to 20 years. At the age of 60 or around this age this rate increases. Sarcopenia and skeletal muscle loss occurs around the same age.
But hey, it’s not to late to remodel your bones and skeletal system! There is a principle called Wolfe’s Law that states remodeling occurs due to the forces or lack of, and Davis’s law states the same regarding soft tissue. So, what does this mean to you?
Exercise can stimulate bone density or minimize losses. There are three ways.
- Adaptation to stress on the bone itself
- The adaptations to shearing forces from tendons
- Hormonal response
Let’s get you moving, and walking, so we can simulate bone density and increase our well-being. Just a few minutes a day is all you need to get you up and going!