Muscle Contraction Bursts to Keep Bones Strong
As reported in the New York Times, “Building Up Bones, With a Little Bashing” postulates that bone density is built singularly through resistance training and weight bearing exercises, and not from running and cycling. The reason: “bones, it seems, don’t like constant pressure. They respond better to exercise that involves forceful muscle contractions, occurring in starts and stops and with some variety — as happens, for example, when playing tennis or training with weights.” Sound familiar? The work we do at Hilliard Studio Method is just this—bursts of muscles contractions in a variety of moves, starting and stopping throughout the hour.While this wasn’t news to us, the article went further stating that because of the near weightless effect of a swimming pool and the way a bike is situated in space, swimming and cycling have no positive effect at all on bone density.
While many of us love to run, cycle, swim, for the health of your bones, it is wise to incorporate resistance training like Hilliard Studio Method into our weekly workout regime.