As promised, here is what everyone has been waiting for, the one and only NHLHealthCoach.
Let’s take a look and learn the ‘Better Way’ of staying fit and preparing ourselves before, after our games.
Take it away Coach Roxanne!
Keep Your Bones Healthy—Grab a Jump Rope
by Roxanne ~ NHL Health Coach
Did you know that your bones are living tissue and that by playing hockey and partaking in strength training you make your bones stronger? You are actually achieving greater bone mass than those who don’t participate in sports. By eating a healthy, calcium-rich diet consisting of foods such as milk, Greek yogurt, cheese, egg yolks, salmon, sardines and leafy greens you are keeping your frame strong and stable.
Physical activities such as running, walking and stair climbing along with resistance exercise are considered the best at maintaining bone mass. But did you know that by jumping rope it has been proven to help with growing healthy bones!
Jumping rope? Really?
According to researchers quoted in a New York Times “Well” blog post from 2009 (see Resources), bone receives a message to strengthen itself by means not previously understood to be the case. During only very specific kinds of exercise, bone bends and squeezes fluids from one part of the bone matrix to another. Cells bathed in this fluid then respond by adding denser bone.
By jumping up and down you are causing enough force for bones to bend and cause fluid to travel. Your bones need to experience forceful and fast movement and simply running and walking briskly doesn’t necessarily accomplish this. Hockey stops and starts? Sounds good to me.
Children love to jump around, so don’t quite as an adult! Jumping rope is one of the best ways to keep your bones strong as you age. It can be a hoot! Having such a good time can also make your heart happy. Afterwards, grab a handle of nuts and smile; you’re doing a great job at keeping your bones happy and healthy.
Resource for jump ropes — http://www.jumprope.com/
New York Times article, “The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones” — http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/phys-ed-the-best-exercises-for-healthy-bones/
That’s great stuff, Thanks Roxanne.
Until next time.
See you after the game.