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  • Better Bone Health in One Minute Per Day

    If you are interested in better bone health, you may be able to get benefits in only one minute per day.

    The International Journal of Epidemiology published a new study from the University of Exeter and the University of Leicester, both in the United Kingdom. The researchers found that a single bout of high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity for 60-120 minutes can have positive effects on bone health in women.

    The study was conducted on over 2,500 female participants. The research was focused on women who are at risk of osteoporosis due to the significant bone density loss associated with menopause.

    In fact, statistics shoe that one in three women over age 50 will suffer from osteoporosis related bone fractures.

    The researchers say the results are promising but more data is needed.

    “We don’t yet know whether it’s better to accumulate this small amount of exercise in bits throughout each day or all at once, and also whether a slightly longer bout of exercise on one or two days per week is just as good as one to two minutes a day,” said lead author Dr. Victoria Stiles.

    “...there’s a clear link between this kind of high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise and better bone health in women...it seems likely that just 1-2 minutes of running a day is good for bone health," she adds.

    And for you overachievers out there, you can derive even more benefits from longer exercise sessions.

    In fact, in addition to finding 4% better bone health among women who did one to two minutes of high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise, they found 6% better bone health among those who did more than two minutes a day.

    This means that to improve your bone health as you age, all that is required is short bouts of relatively strenuous exercise, which is good news for those with busy lives.

    To start gaining benefit try to add at least a minute of power-walking or jogging in to your daily routine.

    References

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170718084535.htm

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318508.php

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/minute-exercise-day-osteoporosis-prevent-health-fitness-weak-bones-60-seconds-a7848901.html

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