Women's Running: Health Q&A

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Is running good for my bones?

Yes. In fact, running is the best exercise for adolescent girls hoping to build maximal bone-mineral density (BMD), according to a study by Australian researchers. Other studies have shown that the more BMD a woman can create, the better her chance of avoiding osteoporosis.

The Australian team compared the BMD of four groups of teenage athletes who had been training for six to seven years – runners, cyclists, swimmers and triathletes. The runners had greater overall BMD than the swimmers, and compared with the cyclists, runners had greater leg BMD.

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I've been running for half a year, now, but I haven't had the guts to participate at a competition, because I'm afraid everyone else is better than me ... I am physically healthy, I've even had a tele radiology test last week to check myself. I should probably buy the book, reading usually gives me a lot of confidence.

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 14:19

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