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Workout can help middle-aged men cut risk of osteoporosis

Jessica Desmond, an instructor at the Mile High Run Club (MHRC), leads a class in a Manhattan borough of New York November 14, 2014. A New York City fitness studio is following fast on the heels of the indoor cycling, or spin, craze by beckoning outdoor runners to come in from the cold for group treadmill classes. Equipped with 30 treadmills, lighting evocative of dusk or dawn, and group training designed to hone the skills of marathoners and newbies alike, fitness experts say MHRC - billed as the first treadmill studio - might do a bit to burnish the image of the most used, least glamorous, of gym cardio machines. Picture taken November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SPORT BUSINESS)
Jessica Desmond, an instructor at the Mile High Run Club (MHRC), leads a class in a Manhattan borough of New York November 14, 2014. A New York City fitness studio is following fast on the heels of the indoor cycling, or spin, craze by beckoning outdoor runners to come in from the cold for group treadmill classes. Equipped with 30 treadmills, lighting evocative of dusk or dawn, and group training designed to hone the skills of marathoners and newbies alike, fitness experts say MHRC - billed as the first treadmill studio - might do a bit to burnish the image of the most used, least glamorous, of gym cardio machines. Picture taken November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SPORT BUSINESS)
Washington : Middle aged men should exercise to reverse age related bone loss, cut risk of decrease osteoporosis, finds a new study.

University of Missouri researchers have found that certain types of weight-lifting and jumping exercises, when completed for at least six months, improve bone density in active, healthy, middle-aged men with low bone mass. These exercises may help prevent osteoporosis by facilitating bone growth.

Associate professor Pam Hinton said that their study was the first to show that exercise-based interventions work to increase bone density in middle-aged men with low bone mass who are otherwise healthy.

Hinton said the study results did not indicate that all kinds of weight lifting will help improve bone mass; rather, targeted exercises made the training programs effective.

Throughout their training programs, participants rated pain and fatigue after completing their exercises. The participants reported minimal pain and fatigue, and these ratings decreased over the year. Hinton said individuals who want to use similar training programs to improve bone density should consider their current activity levels and exercise preferences as well as time and equipment constraints.

The study is published in Bone. (ANI)