Lots of exercise during childhood creates stronger bones in adulthood

Rick Pearson
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Photo credit: Mayur Kakade - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mayur Kakade - Getty Images

From Runner's World


Initiatives such as The Daily Mile may be helping to injury-proof the runners of tomorrow.

New research from the University of Bristol suggests that high-intensity physical activity in early life creates stronger bones in adulthood.

Bone strength is an important factor in a high-impact sport such as running, mitigating the risk of common injuries such as stress fractures. It can also reduce the risk of more serious conditions such as osteoporosis.

The researchers looked at data from 2,569 children, finding that moderate-to-vigorous activity was associated with stronger bones when they reached the age of 25.

‘The results highlight adolescence as a potentially important period for bone development through high-intensity exercise, which could benefit future bone health and prevent osteoporosis later in life,’ says lead author Dr Ahmed Elhakeem.

Spent your adolescence huddling behind the bike shed? You haven’t missed the boat on stronger bones – redeem yourself with these plyometric exercises.

You’re only a hop, skip and jump away from a stronger skeleton

Hop

Hop up and down on the spot (10 reps per leg, repeated 10 times)

Skip

Perform 300 skips (throwing in 20 high knees per 100 skips)

Jump

Begin in a squat position, explode forwards and upwards, landing back in a squat position (20 reps)

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