Research has found yet another reason for you to lace up and start running.
Doing high-intensity, weight-bearing activity for merely a minute daily has been linked to better bone health, which includes a reduced risk of osteoporosis and fractures in older age.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Leicester found that women who did “brief bursts” of high-intensity activity had better bone health. This is equivalent to running in pre-menopausal women, and slow jogging in post-menopausal women.
The researchers used data from UK Biobank, a national and international health resource that recruited 500,000 people to participate in health checks for the purpose of research. They looked at data from more than 2500 women, tracking their activity levels using wrist-worn monitors, and their bone health with an ultrasound scan of their heel bone.
They found that women who did an average of one to two minutes of high-intensity, weight-bearing workout daily had four per cent better bone health compared to those that did less than a minute. Those who worked out over two minutes even had six per cent better bone health.
For starters, researchers recommend that you increase your walking activity first, before adding in a few running steps.