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Health & Fitness > Health Stuff My Sisters Tell Me

Health Stuff My Sisters Tell Me

Sunglasses, beer, and prunes. And jumping up and down. My oldest sister gave all this as advice for healthy living as my other sisters and I get older. Most of it was from AARP mailings, aimed at preventing osteoporosis in women. I just thought the combination sounded pretty funny.

We met at lunch, me and 3 sisters, and it was very nice to have most of us together. (There is still one more sister, out west.) Two are nurses, the other’s a doctor, so I figure they’d have some good ideas. One sister is a source of various funny factoids, and she spouts them at odd times, probably because her brain is jammed full of medical stuff, so I also came away from lunch with some weird information too such as how extensive use of Axe body spray is very bad for young men, phthalates or something. Every time I meet up with her she notices something and tells me the reason for it -- like why my index fingernail is ridged. (Arthritic finger joint caused it.)

Anyway, AARP has sent out healthy advice about drinking 1 or 2 glasses of beer a week, because the silicon in the beer helps keep calcium in your bones. Other alcohol in the same amount does it too, but beer does it better. Prunes are recommended too, like 5 a day, so you have to work up to that amount if your digestion couldn’t handle it daily. But the jumping up and down was odd, because most of us are used to being told that low-impact exercise is what we should be doing. This was the opposite.

High-impact jumps, especially without shoes, was the thing that helps build bone strength. Even helps hip joints, and all the rest. As she told us this, I suddenly recalled a certain Florida lady who did daily leaps and was quite healthy because of them….

So tonight I'll be jumping around.

posted on Aug 4, 2017 7:07 PM ()


My thanks for the info re arthritic joint fingernail ridges.
comment by nittineedles on Aug 5, 2017 12:34 PM ()
Myxoid cyst -- you'll see a small bump or blister on your finger just above your nail.
reply by drmaus on Aug 6, 2017 10:49 AM ()
Sounds like the sort of conversation I'd enjoy quite a bit.

That jumping idea has me thinking of setting up a slice of log that I could jump off of, and stepping up onto it would help strengthen some other muscles.
comment by troutbend on Aug 4, 2017 7:36 PM ()
No, I correct myself -- even a bouncing landing on your feet has impact.
reply by drmaus on Aug 5, 2017 10:16 AM ()
A jumping log sounds great. Apparently the idea is a somewhat hard landing on your feet, not bouncing, because the impact is what triggers the body to build the bone.
reply by drmaus on Aug 5, 2017 10:15 AM ()
I try to do 16 ballet jumps a day and these days I hold on to the counter. It is still a workout. In case you know ballet terms, I do glissade assemble 8 times, once right and once left. But you can do straight civilian jumps. Or you can jump rope. I think I'll get one.
reply by tealstar on Aug 5, 2017 5:50 AM ()
Today something is good for you tomorrow it isn't--I studied nutrition for 8 years and the ONE thing I learned is nothing in and about food is forever.

Sorry I don't agree with the jumps--it is added stress on the joints--walking, not jumping, is the answer.
comment by greatmartin on Aug 4, 2017 7:34 PM ()
No problem, men don't need to. And yes, of course there's a tradeoff of risk, with joint stress as you said. But women are far more at risk of osteoporosis later in life, some dangerously so. There are medications to help rebuild bone, but they can cause pain and may not work as well as simpler things like the above.
reply by drmaus on Aug 5, 2017 10:11 AM ()
i ain't givin' up me jumps.
reply by tealstar on Aug 5, 2017 5:51 AM ()

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