Take a Minute Every Day to Boost Your Bone Health
A single daily 1-minute burst of high-intensity, weight-bearing physical activity like jogging is associated with better bone health in women, according to researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Leicester, both in the United Kingdom. Results of their study examining the effects of physical activity on bone health in pre- and postmenopausal women were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
For the study, the researchers analyzed data on more than 2,500 women. They compared activity levels measured by fitness trackers and bone health measured by ultrasound scans of the participants’ heel bones.
Women in the study who got in 60- to 120-second bursts of high-intensity, weight-bearing exercise each day had 4 percent better bone health, and those who had more than 2 minutes a day had 6 percent better bone health than women who got less than one minute a day of this type of physical activity. More research could determine which is better for bone health: slightly longer periods of exercise on one or two days a week or one to two minutes a day.