Oct 05, 2017
By Jane Brown
Resistance training may be an effective weapon against osteoporosis.
A study of some 100 women aged 58 and over with osteoporosis or osteopenia (an early tendency toward weaker bones), looked at how their bone mineral density was affected by two different 30-minute, twice-weekly exercise programs.
One group did supervised high-intensity resistance and impact training, while the second did unsupervised, home-based, low-intensity exercise.
After eight months, researchers found the resistance training group had higher bone mineral density in their lower spine and their leg bones, as well as improved back strength, leg strength, and vertical jump performance, with no exercise-related fractures.
You can read about the study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.