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|Yes Bit, that's the real shame of the whole thing. All of the older people are doing a ton of walking and water aerobics which are helping their cardio, circulation and breathing, but not doing anything for their bones.
My Orthopedist told me that cycling is especially good for knees ankles, hips and feet joints not because it builds up the bones. He said that when working those joints in a non impact manner they create and release some substance that is a natural lubricant that helps keep those bones from grating against each other when in use. He said that inactive people never create it hence the excessive wear on those joints. Plus of course, it helps keep them flexible. It also helps keep down the inflammation from arthritis.
I think I'll stick with some stair climbing. It's readily accessible and I feel very empowered from it. Plus, I don't find it as boring as using an inclined tread mill. I had also read a pamphlet at the Orthopedist's office that said that for building bone mass one should never carry or wear weights while running. Apparently it is self defeating.
Actually a lot a exercise bikes have an "incline" setting, which is also good for building bone mass, so is walking uphill, something there is no shortage of around here. It's a real shame that heart patients are always advised not to walk up hills. I guess preventing a heart attack is more important than building bones.
My neighborhood has so many long steep hills that most of the time I would have to get off of my bike and walk half way up some of them. I never even saw any really hard core cyclists pedaling all of the way up them.
I always hate when it rains or snows and I would have to go over to the mall to walk. I find the sameness of the surface at the mall so boring and use every opportunity there to run up the steps, sometimes a few times in a row, just to break it up. I don't know why people are so fond of mall walking.
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