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Running (not strength training) is better at building bones study finds

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:06pm

536097_lowRUNNER-LEGS An estimated 200 million people each year are effected by Osteoporosis.

So it may come as a surprise to some that new research study by University of Missouri researchers shows that running, rather than weight training, may actually be better at building and preserving bones.

“The results of the study confirm that both resistance training and high-impact endurance activities increase bone mineral density. However, high-impact sports, like running, appear to have a greater beneficial effect,” said Pam Hinton, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences.

According to Science Daily, "People who primarily perform non weight-bearing activities will benefit from resistance training that increases lean body mass, Hinton said. People who engage in activities, such as cycling, swimming, or rowing, should add bone-strengthening activities, such as resistance training or running, to their exercise regimens."

In the study the researchers the researchers found that runners had greater spine done density than cyclists---therefore, high-impact activity may override the benefits of lean body mass on bone density, Hinton said.

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