There are many aspects of the aging process that can dramatically impact your quality of life — not least of which is a gradual loss of physical mobility. Painful conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis are common among older men and women in Houston, making it more difficult to take part in the activities they enjoy. Eventually, these issues can even make everyday tasks seem challenging. 

Recently, The New York Times touched on the issue of bone support, and what Americans can do to promote healthy joints and reduce the risk of fractures. The source notes that, unfortunately, many people don't start thinking about skeletal support until later in life.

"Although nothing can be done about the three factors with the greatest influence on bone mass — age, gender and genetics — two others under personal control can make the difference between suffering crippling fractures in midlife and escaping the effects of osteoporosis," the newspaper states.

Those factors are regular exercise and the nutritional building blocks vitamin D and calcium.

Vitamin D, also known as the Sunshine Vitamin, helps boost bone strength by facilitating the absorption of calcium in the body. Studies have shown that low levels of this vitamin D have been linked to mobility limitations in older Americans.

When it comes to exercise, some Houston residents may be surprised to discover that certain athletic standbys, such as running and cycling, may not actually be the best for their bones. NYT notes that repetitive stress routines could place more strain on the skeleton. Instead, consider stop-and-start activities that incorporate different movements, such as sports like soccer, tennis and even dance.

Want to learn more about how to age gracefully? Contact Longevity Centres of America in Houston today to find out how nutrition, exercise and anti-aging medicine can help you look and feel your best over the years.