Exercise Early and Often: Effects of Physical Activity And Exercise On Women’s Bone Health

Publication

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 

Date Published

28 April 2018

Author

Karen L. Troy, Megan E. Mancuso, Tiffiny A. Butler and Joshua E. Johnson

Summary

Physical activity is a widely accessible, low cost, and highly modifiable contributor to bone health. Exercise is especially effective during adolescence, a time period when nearly 50% of peak adult bone mass is gained. High-impact exercises such as jumping or hopping, or resistance training combined with high- or odd-impact activities, are most consistently effective for bone. For older women who have risk factors that prevent them from participating in high-impact activities, other weight-bearing activities such as resistance training, specific yoga postures, or walking, may maintain or improve bone.

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