Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bone Health – A Weight Vest for Teachers

A weight vest is one of the best tools for bone health—if you use it wisely.

There’s a lot of evidence that wearing a weight vest can actually reverse osteoporosis, or bone loss.  When you press down on a bone, it creates new bone.  Walking with a weight vest is much more effective than simply walking.

Start with just a little added weight (1 lb.), for a short period of time (5 minutes).  Just walk around, feel comfortable.

Every few days, add a bit more weight and time.  You can use small bags of sand in a backpack.  Try to balance the same amount on either side of your body.  The weights should fit snugly, not bounce around.  You don't want to lose your balance and fall.

Weights along your back will strengthen the spine.  In a fanny pack, they help your pelvis.  Around your wrists and ankles, they benefit your arms and legs. 

The key is to maintain good posture and healthy movement.  Don’t hunch over or move carelessly while wearing weights.  That’s not good for your back—it could actually cause a fracture in your spine.   And if you’re not mindful, the weight can make your posture worse. 

I like to clasp my hands behind my back and stretch downward every once in a while, to remind myself of good posture.

Please don’t wear anything that hurts, and check with your doctor if you’re not sure this is right for you.

A weight vest is amazing!   I bought a cute, streamlined one so I could wear it in the classroom and not feel too “military.”  I figured I’m on my feet all day anyway, so I might as well maximize the benefits.   The one I got is called the Infinity Vest, a SELF Adjustable Weighted Vest, 8-Pound, Black, about $90.   It actually improves my posture.   
Hyperwear Hyper Vest PRO Unisex 10-Pound Adjustable Weighted Vest for Fitness Workouts, Medium, Grey is even cooler and sleeker, but at $200, pricier. 
I splurged on the Hyper Vest for home use and I have to say, I ADORE it!  It fits like a second skin.

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The experts recommend your vest should be no more than 10% of your body weight, but fire fighters and soldiers often train with much heavier vests.   

One more benefit: a weight vest burns calories.  It'll help you lose weight.  How cool is that?

It's true that most of us can prevent bone loss, but I've realized in doing my research that there are no shortcuts.  Most people don't think they have the time or patience—and then later, they wish they had made the time.  

I like the weight vest because it’s effortless; and a stylish vest insures I’ll actually wear it.  And, as comfy as it feels to wear, it feels even better to remove it.  I feel so light--as if I could fly.  Very cool!
Please note:  I am not a doctor!  I am simply sharing some of my research.  I hope it will spark your quest for your own best health.

As always, I wish you the very best of health.

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