Female weightlifter Kiana Elliott has partnered with the Bone Health Foundation to launch a series of bone strengthen Isolation Exercises. Here, she tells The Carousel why it’s so important to keep up your exercise and build muscle strength.
Kiana Elliott: DYI home exercise is becoming a daunting reality. But what if you could get all the bone-strengthening exercise you need in just 14 minutes? For most people it’s hard to know where to start! There are so many exercise programs online and everyone is an expert. While we like to think we know it all, doing repetitions incorrectly can have serious impacts on our health and bones, leaving us out of the exercise game for longer.
Since I first started weightlifting at 15, I have explored the adaptability of my body. This year I hope to represent Australia in the women’s 64kg pool at the 2020 Olympics in July. I have also been working with The Bone Health Foundation, based in my hometown of Adelaide. Through working with the team, I have learnt about the power of healthy bones in preventing musculoskeletal issues later in life. Regular load bearing exercise coupled with calcium from our diets and Vitamin D, give our bodies all the tools needed to build and maintain healthy bones.
As we retreat indoors, maintaining this balance will be hard. While you mightn’t be aiming to join me at the Olympics, keep on top of your health with regular, strength bearing exercises. Think the things that you already know how to do like squats, push-ups and side planks. These are free and don’t require any equipment, confusing online program, or credit cards!