(MOBILE, Al.) Not only can you build muscle in the gym, you can also build bone. Just ask 62 year old Terri Garmendia. That’s why she started working out with personal trainer Cindy Ross.
Terri said the wake up call came last Thanksgiving when she could not walk in a 5K with her son, as she’s done every year.
“This last year we always do the thanksgiving one, and I couldnt walk it. I knew it was time to take control of my life and my muscles.”
Cindy is helping her do it with weight bearing exercises. “A lot of times in the studio, we have people come in and they are suffering with osteoporosis or even arthritis. They are getting older in age and it's important to start implementing these important type of exercises.”
You can add dumbells or some resistance to almost any non-cardio exercise to make it a weight bearing exercise. You can also use your own body weight to turn some exercises into weight bearing exercise.
Cindy said these exercises can decrease bone loss and encourage bone growth. “Not only are you adding bone. You are increasing your energy, you are increasing your muscle tone and you are increasing your metabolism as well.”
Terri can tell it’s working. “I started in February. I can tell in my arms and legs are much stronger.” She’s looking forward to walking once again with her son in a 5K this Thanksgiving.