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It’s never too late to build your bones

In a study published in Bone Journal, healthy men and women between the ages of 40 to 50 demonstrated that six months of resistance training can increase bone density, especially in the hip area. Those who engaged in high-intensity exercise (using greater resistance and jumping) showed the most improvement, and the leg press, overhead press and some back exercises appeared to have the most impact on increasing bone density.

The study also revealed that by the end of the six-month study, both the men and the women were generating more bone than they were losing, which could help deter the development of osteoporosis. The results have clinical implications that indicate exercise may be the appropriate “prescription” for improving and maintaining bone mass.

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