As discussed in other posts, evidence shows that fitness programs that rely heavily on non-impact sports like cycling can adversely affect bone health and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Cross training that incorporates weight lifting, resistance training, and activities like jogging that jar the skeletal system are an essential component of a long-term health program, especially for athletes in their 40’s and beyond.
A few years ago, an Outside magazine article about bone health caught my eye. The article begins with a story about a fit middle aged cycling enthusiast who had had borderline osteoporosis.
The print version of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (Tuesday October 9, 2007, page D 1) has an article describing an emerging trend that the number of senior athletes (defined as athletes over 40) is growing, and so is interest in sports medicine tailored for these athletes.