Summer’s warmth and light lure us to get up, out, and move. Because weight-bearing exercise can trigger bone growth, additional activity in the summer is just one of several reasons the season is a great time to improve your bone health, according to CentraState rheumatologist Sawsan Najmey, MD.
“People also tend to eat better in the summer,” says Dr. Najmey. “There’s a wider variety of fruit and calcium-rich leafy greens and vegetables available that support bone health.”
Soaring temperatures may even benefit your bones. Research in mice has suggested that temperatures above 93 degrees could cause gut bacteria changes that may boost bone growth, strength, and density. Another study found that living in warmer climates may correlate to fewer hip fractures.
This summer and throughout the year, Dr. Najmey suggests using the following tools to keep your bones healthy and strong.