BONES - FIT Human Performance



April 22, 2012

Here’s the deal; we have over 200 bones and that structure is our framework. No need for definition or explanation of attachments, articulations, or action…

No bones about it.  They are needed, without bones we are jellyfish.  However, this living tissue needs work too.  Bones are alive; living tissue rather than steel and do become weak with time.  Bones become brittle and God knows nobody wants a broken bone.  Ouch!  Common with this affliction (disease) is the term Osteoporosis; the condition in which the reduction of bone mass occurs and bones become subject to fracture. This is due to the depletion of calcium and bone protein.  Fact of the matter is, what we all really care about is that it does not happen to us.  Well, the answer; exercise and take your vitamins (calcium and vitamin D.).

Really?!  With the entire medical community wanting to solve the problem, that is the answer?  Yes.  Weight bearing activities strengthen bone due to the microscopic stress the load places on that bone.  The bone repairs itself to become denser therefore stronger.  Weight training is the lifestyle of strength, muscle AND bone.

Osteoporosis is not the inevitable result of aging because it can be cured.  Still, low bone mass and osteoporosis are estimated to effect 44 million Americans.  This loss of bone mass is characterized by the deterioration of the micro-architecture of the bone.  That in turn makes the bones more fragile and susceptible to fractures, which can occur with minimal trauma during mundane activities or daily living.  Lifting a heavy object can fracture vertebra, coughing can fracture rib’s, even falling from a sitting position can fracture the hip girdle.  This is not just for seniors, loss of bone density can also happen to young adults who have certain risk factors.  Bone mass peaks in the late ‘20s or ‘30’s.  Thereafter, both men and women start to lose bone mass each year and one of the biggest culprits is inactivity.  Often termed ‘the silent disease’ because it doesn’t hurt until you have a fracture.  Let me say this, “the importance of being physically active and keeping your muscles and your bones in shape (toned and strong) can not be overstated”!

Foods, vitamins, and medication are very helpful for sure; genetics also come into play, and bone density can be checked annually to see where you stand.    One thing is for certain, your quality of life will certainly improve if you take care of yourself.  Stay strong; dare to be great!

In good health,


Osteoporosis is called the silent epidemic because of it’s symptomless development and the lack of public awareness. Don’t be caught unaware …. get FIT!