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#16 Green12

 
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 07:55 PM

Is pilates weight bearing?
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 05:42 AM

The elliptical is a great aerobic exercise, but it's not weight-bearing. A weight-bearing exercise is something that increases the load on your bones above what gravity is, as weight-training does. An elliptical, due to the fact that it is very low impact, will only minimally effect your lower body this way, and you really want something to start to build up your back and shoulders.

Did you read my post above, about the resistance? I don't understand how this differs from weight training. True, there is no actual additional weight, but the force required to push against the resistance simulates the additional force of carrying weight. Just from the physics of it, it would seem similar to leg presses.

I do an upper-body program with free weights too, & my elliptical also has u-b bars. I'd like to see the data on ellipticals. I really suspect the resistance is crucial.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:25 AM

Im 15 and under weight and I recently had a bone scan that showed I had low bone density. I know I have to do weight bearing exercise besides intaking calcium, but I'm not sure if what Im doing is enough (elliptical 30-40 min, 3-6xs a week and weight training with a trainer 1hr and 15 min, 2xs a week).

dont know if this is fact but a trainer told me this, apparantly 10 mins of skipping each day will beat off osteoperosis, please if anyone knows this is wrong please let me know. maybe this can help.
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#19 queenofhearts

 
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 11:30 AM

dont know if this is fact but a trainer told me this, apparantly 10 mins of skipping each day will beat off osteoperosis, please if anyone knows this is wrong please let me know. maybe this can help.

If your joints can take it, skipping rope is fantastic for bone-building. But be very careful, wear supportive shoes, & jump on a giving surface if possible so you don't wreck your knees like I did! I used to love skipping, when younger I'd go into a sort of skipping trance, felt like I could go on forever. Now if I try it my knees howl for mercy! Oh well. Fun while it lasted.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 02:50 PM

Is spinning a weight bearing exercise, if so i'll start taking teh classes my gym offers
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Posted 29 July 2006 - 10:29 AM

The elliptical is a great aerobic exercise, but it's not weight-bearing. A weight-bearing exercise is something that increases the load on your bones above what gravity is, as weight-training does. An elliptical, due to the fact that it is very low impact, will only minimally effect your lower body this way, and you really want something to start to build up your back and shoulders.


Weight-bearing exercise means, quite literally, exercise where you are bearing your own weight. Therefore, the only exercise that is not weight-bearing is swimming. Impact is another ballgame--exercises like biking, elliptical training and skiing are no-impact because your feet are never lifted--literally, no impact. Walking is low-impact, as your feet leave the ground and return with a relatively low force. Running and jumping are high.
Apparently the best exercise for keeping bones dense is high-impact. Weights are crucial as well for different reasons.
I just got results back from my first bone-density scan. For my age group, I am normal-low, and will need to be watched over the next few years. And I've been a regular runner forever! Such is life with so many years of untreated celiac....!
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Posted 30 July 2006 - 12:15 PM

... Impact is another ballgame--exercises like biking, elliptical training and skiing are no-impact because your feet are never lifted--literally, no impact. Walking is low-impact, as your feet leave the ground and return with a relatively low force. Running and jumping are high.
Apparently the best exercise for keeping bones dense is high-impact. Weights are crucial as well for different reasons. ...


I'll quibble on the skiing in the case of downhill - due to the bumps an irreguarities in the surface, skiing is actually medium-impact. There are constant mini-jumps. (X-country is different, of course.)

That vibration along the direction of the bone is a powerful stimulation to bone growth. (Lifting weight will not do anything to simulate this, though.)
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Posted 30 July 2006 - 07:57 PM

You've got me motivated to skip rope if I can find one. Skipping alone may look silly for me. I've got to exercise more and work on the ole' bones. Thanks for motivating me. I've just been walking and not enough of that. LL
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Posted 31 July 2006 - 03:45 AM

Skipping is terrific!...Get a good sports bra... :)
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Posted 31 July 2006 - 04:53 AM

Sooo I think I got lost along they way... running on my treadmill good for bones or not?
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Posted 31 July 2006 - 05:22 AM

Skipping is terrific!...Get a good sports bra... :)

Thanks, I noticed that... :D
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Posted 31 July 2006 - 05:13 PM

Sooo I think I got lost along they way... running on my treadmill good for bones or not?


It's the very best. Not so great for your joints, but superb for bone density... :)
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11 year-old Son had negative blood panel, but went on gluten-free diet of his own volition to see if his concentration would improve, his temper abate, and his energy level would increase. Miraculous response!

The great are great only because we are on our knees.
--Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865)

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Posted 31 July 2006 - 05:23 PM

Did you read my post above, about the resistance? I don't understand how this differs from weight training. True, there is no actual additional weight, but the force required to push against the resistance simulates the additional force of carrying weight. Just from the physics of it, it would seem similar to leg presses.

I do an upper-body program with free weights too, & my elliptical also has u-b bars. I'd like to see the data on ellipticals. I really suspect the resistance is crucial.

Leah


Most people I see on the elliptical have it on the lowest setting and seem to be doing it for aerobic exercise. I would think if you did it with more resistance it would be similar to weight bearing exercise. On the lower settings, since it's no impact, I would say it's not weight bearing. I have bad knees and shins, so I cannot run -- so I do the elliptical.

I also lift weights four days per week for 40 minutes.
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#29 elye

 
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Posted 01 August 2006 - 03:33 AM

Weight-bearing simply means you are bearing your weight, so anything other than swimming is considered weight-bearing. When an activity involves one foot always being in contact with the floor, it is considered low-impact. If at any time during an activity both feet (or both skis, in the case of downhill skiing) leave the ground at the same time (running, jumping) it is considered high-impact. When neither foot leaves the floor (or pedals, or elliptical blades), the activity is no-impact. Lots of no-impact activities provide a great deal of resistance, and can therefore be in keeping with a resistance workout with free weights or nautilus machines. They can also provide a great cardio--but in my own personal experience, I can only get my heart rate really up into my maximum training zone with high-impact stuff--running, aerobics, etc.
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11 year-old Son had negative blood panel, but went on gluten-free diet of his own volition to see if his concentration would improve, his temper abate, and his energy level would increase. Miraculous response!

The great are great only because we are on our knees.
--Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865)

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 06:16 PM

It's the very best. Not so great for your joints, but superb for bone density... :)



I agree that running is great for bone density due to the impact, but I'd argue that running on a treadmill is not so bad on your joints... A treadmill is a more forgiving surface that asphalt roads or concrete sidewalks, so it's actually better for your joints than running outside (unless you jog on the grass or dirt). I've been dealing with tendonitis and joint pain in my ankle, but being an avid runner, it's tough to give up running altogether. If I keep my running limited to the treadmill or other soft surfaces, then I don't have as much pain as running on the streets of NYC! Though I do miss those runs through Central Park :(

So keep running on that treadmill and build up some strong, healthy bones!
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