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Break a Sweat

Sweat Till You’re Wet

If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and lower blood pressure. I like interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pullups and 15 dips every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become more efficient, so you’ll have more stamina for more enjoyable activities that also work up a sweat.

Men’s Health tip:

Read more: Dr Oz Tip 17

Inspired by Dr. Oz and his article in Men’s Health.  I wanted to know what the difference was between breaking a sweat and not breaking a sweat when it comes to exercise.  It seems like there are millions sites and a million ways to exercise and not break a sweat but really how healthy are we being by not breaking a sweat?I went to University of Michigan’s website and reviewed Dr Zernicke’s article “Breaking a sweat good for strengths throwing bones”.

“Physical activity,
exercise and sport all provide a variety of benefits to our heart, lungs and other vital organs.  Researchers at the University of Michigan have confirmed that exercise is just as important for a healthy skeletal system.

Dr. Ronald Zernicke director of the University of Michigan bone and joint injury prevention and rehabilitation Center concluded that exercise –  specifically weight-bearing activities such as running gymnastics basketball and dancing – are effective in building and enhancing overall bone health.”

He also noted that physically demanding continuous exercise regimes are not necessarily the best activities to build and enhance bone health. Dr Zernicke says rest periods within exercise plans can help stimulate bone growth as much if not more than the activities executed without rest.

“Physical activity is absolutely beneficial for overall bone health.”

Dr Zernicke recommends

Participate in weight-bearing activities such as dancing jumping in running these activities will be more effective for bone health than non-weight-bearing activities like swimming and cycling.

Encourage adolescents to exercise because they have a window of opportunity to have enhanced bone mass and strength that will carry on for the rest of our lives.  Activities they can influence good good health in adolescence include aerobics football and jumping activities.

Incorporate rest periods into an exercise plan instead of continuous physical activity, break up exercises into multiple sessions so your body can rest. Periods of rest will help your bones program themselves for strength building and improvement.

Exercise no matter what your age – activities for older populations such as walking can be effective in enhancing bone health,  especially in older man and postmenopausal women.

Don’t think that inactivity protects your bones –  not providing the body with exercise and physical activity can actually cause bones to become weak and brittle.  For older populations, a brisk walk can strengthen bones and benefit the body beyond simply bone building.

Consult a physician before starting any exercise program.

Thanks Dr Zernicke and the University of Michigan for letting us know we need to take breaks, that rest is important, that we need weight-bearing activities to maintain healthy bones.

So do you need to break a sweat or can we have the beautiful body without one?

The answers is probably you can probably have some of both but the real truth this is that as much as you can have a beautiful body without breaking a sweat you can’t have beautiful bones with out the weight bearing exercises.


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