Did you know that weighted vests help reverse osteopenia?
Your doctor may have told you to start
walking several times each week to help
strengthen your bones. That is still good
advice. But wearing a weighted vest while
walking or doing any kind of exercise
increases the benefit.
If you are like me, you may have
thought that wearing a weighted vest
was something only athletes did, and that the purpose was to
develop big muscles.
Wearing a weighted vest will help you build muscles, but not
the bulging kind – just a firmness instead of flab. I am not talking
about using 50 pound weights, just ½ pound weights added
What does that have to do with osteopenia? Every time your
muscles work harder your supporting bones are also
I have read some encouraging reports from women who
are wearing weighted vests to increase bone density.
When you develop muscles, you are also burning fat, which
causes you to lose weight while your bones get stronger.
I was recently pleased to find the NYK Weighted Vests
especially designed for women. They are not only
practical for holding weights, but can be worn
comfortably in any setting – walking, mowing the lawn,
at the gym, doing housework, on a treadmill, shopping
or going to and from work.
The weights are adjustable – added by 1/2 pound increments.
*A word of caution concerning balance. You need to start
wearing your vest with very minimal weights until you are sure
you are able to balance easily. It is surprising how adding the
weights can affect your balance.
*Another word of warning. A weight vest is not advised
if you have weak bones in the spine. The added weight could
hinder rather than help your osteopenia of the spine. However, it
has great value for increasing bone density in your hips.
An alternative to the weighted vest for osteopenia of the
spine, is wearing weighted shorts, which are also available.
If you have desired to work with weights but have pain in your
hands and find it hard to hold dumbbells, the vest is much easier
to use. It provides the benefit of added weight without having to
use your hands to hold it.
I am happy to recommend these attractive weighted vests and/
or shorts for your bone strengthening program.
Check out these attractive Weighted Vests and Shorts
Blessings to you,