Published on November 9, 2012 at 6:17 AM
"Starting at around 30 years of age, women begin to lose bone mass," Evans says. "Unless you are doing something to oppose that, such as weight-bearing exercise, it will continue. Resistance and weight training are the best, but things like walking or jogging in combination with weights are good enough." Dance, Zumba and kickboxing also help with maintaining bone mass, Evans says. But activities like swimming, because they do not involve weight-bearing, don't qualify.
Exercise can also help with another cause of concern for many women: their posture. But it's not just any type of exercise, Evans says — it's yoga.
"Yoga helps to maintain your muscularity and that helps with maintaining your posture," she explains. "It also helps in stretching all of the muscle groups, front and back. Yoga is another great weight-bearing activity as well."
Whether exercising is a means to feeling healthy or looking healthy, Evans says the most important thing is to stick with it.
"The bottom line is people have to find something they enjoy doing and once they find something they enjoy they are more likely to continue," Evans says. "It doesn't take anything except a pair of good walking shoes to start something as simple as walking around; anything that keeps the body moving as opposed to being sedentary can help contribute to a path toward better health."
Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham