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A Good Catch-22

Apr 22, 2015 02:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Exercising at an early age can pay off in benefits as you grow older. That healthy lifestyle in your teens and twenties can be very good news for your bones in your fifties, sixties and beyond.

We reach peak bone fitness at about age 30—what you have done up to then will serve you well. An active lifestyle in your youth can increase maximum bone density, Harvard Medical School reports.

Even if you are older, exercise is still a great way to improve your bones. The physical stress placed on bones during exercise stimulates the growth of new bone tissue. And what you do does matter. To boost dem bones you need regular weight-bearing routines—weightlifting, resistance training, and things that force you to work against you own weight. (Biking or swimming, for instance are not weight bearing exercises; strength training is.)

And here’s the good-news catch-22: the more you exercise and strengthen your bones the more improved your overall strength, coordination, and balance become. You’ll be less likely to fall and break one of those strong bones.

--Sarah Hagerty
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