One to Two Minutes of Jogging Per Day May Be Good for Women’s Bone Health

August 11, 2017 in STSMPT

Osteoporosis is a brittle bone disorder that can lead to fractures. It affects women more than it does men. There’s been considerable research in osteoporosis prevention. The major finding is that good nutrition and weightbearing exercise are key. A new study from the University of Exeter sheds light on a new possible bone health tip. It seems that as little as one to two minutes of running a day can improve bone health in women.

Two thousand five hundred women wore wrist monitors for a whole week. The UK Biobank tracked their activity. At the beginning and end of the week, each woman had and ultrasound done on her heel to measure bone health.

Researchers found that women who did one to two minutes of jogging per day saw a four percent improvement in bone health over the week compared to those who did not. They saw even higher increases for women who did more exercise. This correlation held up in both the pre-and post-menopausal groups. The findings seem to indicate that there is a connection between short bursts of intense activity and achieving better bone health. However, since the study was based on a single group of women for one week, there is a need for more studies before definitively claiming anything. In the meantime, it might not be a bad idea to add in a little one-minute jog or two to your daily routine.

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