In all honesty, I have never really thought too much about my bone health, but not because I did not care. It has stemmed more from the fact that I have always been meticulous about my overall health in general. I have been fortunate in that I have never broken a bone (except for that crash landing in the bathroom when I hydroplaned barefooted across a puddle of water one busy morning…the disjointed second toe on my left foot is a constant reminder of that event!) I have exercised regularly since the age of 10 and usually only miss about two or three days of workouts every four or five years. I make sure to eat as healthily as I can (provided I am not running to various afternoon and evening events for three young boys, and McDonald’s is a convenient drive-through option!) I am also witness to a 105-year-old lady who has served as my role model over the years. Not once, despite a few recent falls, has that gal ever broken a bone, and when I recently asked her why she thought that was so, she merely responded, “Exercise. Every day. And start young.” That explains why the week-long visits to Grandma’s house each summer when I was young were more reminiscent of a rigorous boot camp for Marines than vacation time. I am so grateful to her for those days. My bones probably would not be as healthy as they are today without her continued motivation, inspiration, and threats of “no breakfast until we complete our 10-mile bicycle ride to the lake and back!”
Needless to say, I am excited that May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month! In recognition of this exciting time, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is launching its new Healthy Bones, Build Them for Life campaign. What a great idea! (Note to self: Call Grandma and let her know how she can still maintain optimum bone health! You are never too old to start, either!)
If you have not done so already, right now is the perfect time to expand your knowledge on your bone health. If you want to know exactly how strong your bones really are, you can sign up for a free webinar at http://www.nof.org/noapm.