to your exercise routine.
exercise may be best bone-builder.
study of 42 athletic men ages 19 to 45, researchers found that running
seemed to have even bigger benefits for bone mass than strength training
runners and weight trainers had greater bone density in the spine
compared with road cyclists, but much of the benefit in weight trainers
seemed to stem from their greater muscle mass.
running appeared to build bone density regardless of the men's muscle
mass, resistance training and high-impact endurance activities increase
bone mineral density
sports, like running, appear to have a greater beneficial effect
is living tissue that reacts to exercise by becoming stronger. Exercise
that forces the body to work against gravity -- like running, jumping
and weight training -- is most effective.
low- impact activities, such as cycling or swimming, put relatively
little stress on the bones.
study, cyclists generally had the lowest bone density at all body
even with muscle mass considered, weight trainers and runners still
had greater bone density in the spine. And the effects of running
appeared to be independent of muscle mass.
involved in low-impact sports like swimming, cycling and rowing should
add weight training or high-impact activities to their workouts.
the skeletal sites that experience increased stress from exercise
will become stronger.