Two Factors That Increase The Benefits of Exercise

A new article published by Harvard Medical School addresses two factors that affect the effect resistance exercise has on bone and muscle health. 

As many of us we grow closer to our 40's, it's illuminating to know that 10 million Americans already have osteoporosis and 43 million Americans are at risk of developing it.  

Prevention of osteoporosis includes having a regular and consistent schedule of weighted exercise also called resistance exercise that not only maintains muscle mass but also builds bone strength. Resistance exercise places small amounts of stress on the bone and muscle which encourages it to grow back stronger.

Examples of resistance exercise include lifting weights, practicing yoga, Pilates or other body-weight exercises. Running and walking can be considered even though they are also common forms of aerobic exercise.

Two factors to consider when choosing which form of resistance exercise to do for the most benefit to bone and muscle health include:

1. Velocity of the activity - 

Faster paced aerobic exercise such as jogging or running has a greater effect on bone health than does slower movements such as leisurely walking.

2. Area of body used - 

During exercise, the primary body part that gains the benefits is the part you are using. It is important to recruit as many large and small muscle groups per workout as possible for this reason.

Are these two factors something you've considered before or are they new to you?