A new study has proved that to boost bone and muscle strength, all teenagers need to do are warm-ups like jumping and skipping. Reports claim that even a short duration of such activity can work wonders.
According to researchers, high impact activities that can easily be incorporated into warm-ups before sports and physical education classes, have been shown to benefit bone health in adolescents.
The study found that the 10 minute school-based intervention, provided twice a week for about eight months, significantly improved bone and muscle strength in healthy teenagers compared to regular warm-ups.
Physiotherapist Ben Weeks said the warm-up which included tuck jumps, star jumps, side lunges and skipping with gradually increasing complexity and repetitions, was specifically designed to apply a bone-stimulating mechanical load on the skeleton.
Students worked up to about 300 jumps per session by the end of the study.