Let’s Worry About Boy Bones
When it comes to health risks, we typically talk about women and weak bone risk. Women tend to diet and may miss out on important sources of calcium. Women also have to deal with declining levels of hormones that help to maintain bone health. A new study from the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases highlighted boys and their risk for osteoporosis. What appears to be one of the contributing factors? Boys are engaging with too much screen time, as in computer, video and TV time. The research published in Osteoporosis International with Other Metabolic Diseases (2014:25 [s2]) explored the association between a number of lifestyle habits and bone mass density (BMD) measurements in boys.
The data indicated that boys spend more time using the computer than girls, and that specific habit correlated with lower BMD measurements. These boys, not surprisingly, also had higher BMI (body mass index).
One thing parents can do is create a trade-off system at home. For every hour of screen time, be it computer, iPad, TV or video-gaming, kids should have to engage in an hour of fitness or movement time. That can include chores around the house and actual exercises or sport’s play.
Quick fitness tip: Self-massage can help reduce post-workout soreness. Using a blue foam roller and moving it over large muscle groups can help to stimulate blood circulation, which brings oxygen to those sore muscles.