Even Casual Running Builds Strong Bones

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For your members who run for exercise, a new study found that even casual running is associated with a higher bone mineral density (BMD). The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, included 954 male runners, ages 20 to 59. Among the participants, 47.3 percent reported running eight or fewer times per month. The men who ran nine or more times per month had higher BMD levels than those who ran less, and both younger and middle-aged participants realized higher BMD levels from running. Study authors warn, however, that greatly increased distances could be detrimental to BMD, and that there is a “ceiling effect” when the benefits of running on bone density stop. They conclude, “Our data suggest that even a modest frequency of jogging is associated with higher BMD, and thus may provided some protection against osteoporosis and fracture.”

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