Exercise Improves Bone Health
Hitting the court may help you avoid osteoporosis. Scientists studied more than 800 young men and learned that participants who exercised for four hours or more per week at the start of the study as well as those who increased the amount they exercised over the following five years had greater bone density compared with their sedentary peers. The type of exercise mattered, too: Men who participated in load-bearing activities, such as basketball and volleyball, increased their total bone mineral content and bone density at the hip and lower spine. The finding is important because low bone density can lead to breaks and is a risk factor for osteoporosis.
Source: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, May 2012
Safety Note: Check with your health care provider before making big changes in your exercise plan, which could require adjustments in your meds, foods, or other treatment.