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April 9, 2022: Exercise & Your Bones - Part 2
The primary goal of skeletal fitness is to protect you from broken bones as you get older. Exercise helps by building stronger bones, but it helps in other ways, too. For one, strength training increases muscle mass, which in turn enhances strength, muscle control, balance and coordination. Good balance and coordination can mean the difference between failing and suffering a fracture and staying on your feet.
Strong evidence shows that regular physical activity can reduce falls by nearly a third in older adults at high risk of falling. Exercise can also help you stand taller and straighter, which might indirectly protect your bones. Various studies have correlated a stooped posture with poor balance. You might even gain a little height in the process.
In a study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, women with osteoporosis or osteopenia who did high intensity resistance training twice a week for 8 months, gained nearly a quarter-centimetre in height, while those who didn't exercise shrunk by an equivalent amount. REAL CHANGE IS REALLY POSSIBLE.