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Your lifestyle, your quirk
Many of us despise working out. I’m definitely aware of this, as I always try to encourage my friends and family to work out with me, and they repeatedly deny me the pleasure. It sucks, because I know working out makes you much healthier, and I want my loved ones to live healthily.
I particularly would love if my mother would work out with me. Being older, my mom is at risk of developing a myriad of diseases and issues, and this will continue over time. I know that working out would help lessen the chances of her developing something sinister, but I haven’t had real proof…until now.
A recent study has shown that those who engage in just a few hours of physical activity per week lessen their chance of bone disease. If you are a premenopausal woman, working out could help you maintain healthy bones as you get older.
Working out even in small amounts has been shown to decrease the production of a protein that impedes bone growth, while at the same time increasing the activity of another protein that promotes bone formation.
“Physical activity is good for bone health and results in lowering sclerostin — a known inhibitor of bone formation — and enhancing IGF-1 levels, a positive effector on bone health,” said study author Mohammed-Salleh Ardawi, a professor at the Center of Excellence for Osteoporosis Research.
I’m going to attempt to use this information to persuade my friends, and my mom especially, to engage in physical activity. Something tells me they will still refuse, but hey, at least I tried.