Fitness, fatness, activity as predictors of bone density in older persons
This article may be surprising to some, but really fits right in with research that has been piling up in regards to exercise in our senior population. This study does not show a protective effect of light aerobic exercise on bone mass. This supports the need for weight/resistance training in all age groups. I’ve really began pushing the addition of this type of training in all my senior patients. I do find that the more exercise a patient does as they get older, the healthier, happier and less medicated they are. My favorite story I like to relay is about Jim, a patient in his upper 70′s. He relays how much weight he lifts daily in the thousands of pounds (all added up, it’s not an unrealistic number at all). He has arthritis but never feels it, no medications and is mentally as alert as any fifty year old.