Those behind the Got Milk? campaign and the pharma industry pushing osteoperosis meds may want you to avoid reading this, but just so you know, studies show that exercise may be more effective than calcium intake at improving bone density.
We've all heard calcium (and vitamin D) are good for your bones, but high impact exercise is just as effective if not more so.
Just sharing the info. Tomorrow there will be a study disputing the findings. Do with it as you like. Just want you to know of yet another reason to move that body.
I eat dairy. I also hop around all day walking, jogging, hopscotching, etc. I do pilates which I think is especially beneficial to maintaining a strong spine.
I also eat non-dairy sources of calcium: bok choy, broccoli, canned salmon, beans, sprouts, quinoa, almonds. I don't drink soda or coffee. Some studies show caffeine and phosphoric acid may leach calcium.
There's more to impact exercise than just walking. Try adding a jog to your walk, jumping rope, hopscotch, skipping, hiking.
Are you at risk for osteoporosis? Being small framed, depressed, or using tobacco raises your risks. (Yay! here's to being a happy, big-boned gal who thinks smoking is nasty!)
Ok, gotta run. Literally...so go take it outside!
PS How cool is that mosaic hopscotch image above? Makes me think about my mosaic classes coming up this summer....