Friday, February 08, 2013
If you're a woman 40 or older and worried about improving bone health or avoiding falls, you might want to take up:
c. A cane
Answer: b. Scientists in Denmark recently had one group of sedentary adult women join a soccer league and another group start running for 14 weeks. Afterward, the soccer players had gained more bone mass in their legs, and had better leg muscle strength and balance, than the runners. (Plus their kids were undoubtedly impressed.)
I have to add to this that at my age, I would have to do bone-healthy exercises that would NOT involve so much twisting and kicking, as I am over 60 and have had a complete knee replacement. A much younger person who has been active up to the point of playing soccer would be an entirely different situation. I am sure that there are bone-strengthening exercises for we more-mature boomers.