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Don’t forget to work out bones, says report

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, July 8, 2018 | 04:35 pm
Don’t forget to work out bones, says report

Adults should work toward two-and-a-half hours of moderate aerobic activity a week, as well as strength exercises twice a week (Shutterstock/fizkes)

According to Public Health England (PHE), too many people forget to not only exercise their muscles, but their bones as well.

Hoping to address this matter, the PHE released a new report advising the public how to go about it. Instead of only focusing on cardio, it says people should remember to do strengthening exercises at least twice a week.

You can do this by lifting weights, though less strenuous activities like tennis and dancing also have a similar impact. The PHE and the Centre for Ageing Better say the best activities for bone health include ball games, racket sports, dancing and resistance training.

Doing this type of muscle- and bone-focused exercises can improve your health during challenging times, such as pregnancy, menopause, the onset of disease and recovery from hospitalization.

But before getting started, the PHE recommends consulting your doctor, especially those who are frail or are at risk of fractures, such as people with osteoporosis.

"Being active isn't just about getting your heart pumping -- although this is a good way to begin. Strength and balance activities work in conjunction with cardio activities like a brisk walk and come with a range of health benefits throughout your life -- it's never too late to start,” said Dr. Zoe Williams of the PHE.

Read also: Could a lifetime of exercise be the key to slowing down the aging process?

Adults should work toward two-and-a-half hours of moderate aerobic activity a week, as well as strength exercises twice a week. (sul/mut)

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