Friday, February 06, 2009

Importance of Physical Activity

Muscle strength and bone strength tend to go hand in hand.

When muscles work, they pull on the bones, stimulating them to lay down more trabeculae and grow stronger.

When muscles work, the hormones that promote new muscle growth also favour the building of bone.

As a result, active bones are denser then sedentary bones.

Even modest increases in physical activity and calcium intake help to maximize bone gain in young adulthood and minimize further losses that occur with inactivity.

To keep bones healthy, weight-bearing physical activity, such as walking, dancing or jogging are especially effective.

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