Exercise is important for maintaining healthy bones. A new study has revealed that indulging in low-weight, high-repetition exercise can increase bone mineral density up to 8% in adults. The findings of the study suggest that this type of strength training may be an effective and maintainable method of increasing bone mineral density in older people and sedentary groups.
Lead researcher Jinger Gottschall of the Penn State said, "This was such a profound finding because low-weight, high-repetition exercise was easily attainable by anybody and everybody."
For the study, researchers analyzed 20 untrained adults who completed a 27-week group exercise program. Participants were assigned to one of two groups that either completed full-body weight-training workouts or workouts that focused on building core muscles, in addition to cardiovascular workouts.
The study is published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.