Bone Health: Effect Of Too Much Exercise On Your Bone(2023)


What happens to your bones if you exercise too much?

The musculoskeletal framework of the body comprises of bones which are connected to each other via joints which allow movement in the body. Muscles and ligaments also play a key role in ensuring mobility. Too much exercise can result in injuries. Sports which require one to perform repetitive actions can lead to stress fractures in the bones. Stress fractures are most common in military young recruits who march for 20 kms stretch every day. It can also happen to a people who are not physically active and suddenly take up strenuous physical exercise.

If anyone puts a lot of pressure on their bones, the bones tend to ‘fail’. The repercussions can also include ligament failures and tendon failures. Therefore, it is important to gradually develop the strength of your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the cartilage of the joints by weight training and exercises.

Being active can help your bones stay strong. 

How much exercise is needed for good bone health?

To maintain bone health and have a healthy skeletal structure, half an hour of weight bearing and resistance exercises for four or more days a week is recommended. Weight bearing forces one to walk and function against gravity, for example, walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, playing tennis, and dancing. Resistance exercises includes such as lifting weights which also helps to strengthen bones, muscles, and ligaments in the body.

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