It’s widely known that weight-bearing exercise—walking hiking, jogging, playing tennis, for example—is good for the bones. Now, for the first time, a new animal study shows that physical activity actually burns fat within the bone marrow—improving bone health and increasing bone mass.
Results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. According to researchers, the beneficial bone fat reducing effects of exercise may be greater in individuals who are overweight or obese.
Bone health is an important part of overall health and can be affected by several factors. Medical conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and others, and the use of steroid medications can weaken the bones. Results of this study suggest it may be possible to reverse some adverse effects on bones through exercise.