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Finnish researchers working with women in their 70s have stumbled across some startling discoveries about exercise

By Dr Miriam Stoppard

After six months of exercise the women were not only stronger and less likely to get bone fractures, but they were also less likely to die. The women, who all suffered from the bone-thinning condition osteopenia, were split into two groups – one that did no exercise and one that followed a workout programme for six months.

Those in the activity group had weekly supervised sessions that included stamping on the spot, squatting, stepping on and off a bench, jumping and dancing. Once they had been completed with a coach for the first six months, they were allowed to work out on their own at home for the rest of the year. Women in the exercise group were stronger, had better balance and were able to walk faster.

They also suffered fewer fractures, probably partly because balance was better and falls were prevented.

Source: Daily Mirror

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