NY Times: The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones

By New York Times, March 28, 2014

A terrific article by Gretchen Reynolds about the dangers of osteoporosis and what can be done to strengthen bones. Below is a passage from the article. the portion used on our webpage is in bold text.

The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones.” New York Times, November 11, 2009

In the meantime, the current state-­of-­the-­science message about exercise and bone building may be that, silly as it sounds, the best exercise is to simply jump up and down, for as long as the downstairs neighbor will tolerate. “Jumping is great, if your bones are strong enough to begin with,” Dr. Barry says. “You probably don’t need to do a lot either.” (If you have any history of fractures or a family history of osteoporosis, check with a physician before jumping.) In studies in Japan, having mice jump up and land 40 times during a week increased their bone density significantly after 24 weeks, a gain they maintained by hopping up and down only about 20 or 30 times each week after that.

If hopping seems an undignified exercise regimen, bear in mind that it has one additional benefit: It tends to aid in balance, which may be as important as bone strength in keeping fractures at bay. Most of the time, Dr. Barry says, “fragile bones don’t matter, from a clinical standpoint, if you don’t fall down.””

Here’s a link to the article on the web: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/11/phys-ed-the-best-exercises-for-healthy-bones/

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