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Circus Aerials
The Benefits for Bone Density
There are some good reasons to take a Circus class Other than just good fun!
Cori is a Circus aerialist who performs on aerial silks and swinging trapeze. She teaches classes in aerial silks. Aerial silks is also
referred to as aerial tissu, aerial fabric and aerial tissue. Classes in swinging trapeze, juggling, trampoline and other circus aerials are
offered through the Vancouver Circus School at the North Vancouver Recreation and West Vancouver Recreation gymnastics.
The Circus Aerials Society works with independent aerialists who perform on aerial silks, hoop and dance trapeze to coordinate performances and shows.  We also teach
classes in aerial silks, hoop and dance Trapeze and sell Instructional Manuals and DVDs for Aerial Silks and other Aeirial arts. Aerial silks is also referred to as aerial tissu,
aerial fabric and aerial tissue,  in Vancouver, British Columbia
Can practicing Circus Arts reduce your risk of
osteoporosis?

We know that load bearing exercises reduce your risk of
osteoporosis. So,  practicing circus arts is beneficial
because you are lifting your own weight and often the
weight of someone else, as show here. You may find that
lifting people is more fun than lifting weights.
Reference:  
University of Arizona

But is there a benefit to just rotating or spinning around,
which we get to do in aerial circus arts? Remember how
much you liked to spin when you were a kid?

"We keep our bones and muscles strong simply by
resisting gravity’s pull. Without it, our tissues start to
weaken – muscle wastes away, as when you're bedridden
for months, and bones thin."
Reference:  
Health24

One of the things Scientists have learned from space
travel is that being in low gravity for a long time, can lead
to decreased bone density, fluid loss, osteoporosis, and
many other complications. Dietary supplements and
rigorous daily exercise while in space can decrease many
of the effects for a while, but can’t stop them entirely.
Research has shown that the effect of centrifugal forces
might.

"The solution to this problem has been known for almost
a century: artificial gravity through centripetal
acceleration. In other words, simulating gravity by
rotating a body fast enough to provide a continuous
acceleration force along the inner edge of its outer rim.
Just like on whirling carnival rides, spinning constructs
exert a centrifugal forces that feel indistinguishable from
true gravity. "
Reference:
Orbital Vector

So, regularly spinning or rotating quickly, may
just help to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis
without the stress that load bearing exercises put
on our joints and it's so much fun! Take a class
and find out how much fun it is.
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Circus Aerials photo Dave Clendenan