Since most growth of bones occurs in childhood and adolescence, growing older means trying to maintain their density and slow the rate of loss.
In a message sent Monday to UWindsor staff and faculty, Human Resources shares tips to keep your bones strong as you age:
- Choose calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt, cheese, and kefir, and non-dairy sources such as fortified soy and rice beverages and leafy green vegetables.
- Remember vitamin D, potassium, and magnesium, which help bodies absorb calcium in foods.
- Stay active; walking, hiking, lifting weights, or yoga can improve muscle strength, balance, and co-ordination to lower the risk of breaking bones.
- Limit caffeine, since having too much can lower the amount of calcium you absorb.