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Thérèse Henkin re­ports on re­cent stud­ies in the field of health and well­be­ing.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

RE­SIS­TANCE

While we’ve al­ways been told cal­cium keeps bones strong, ex­er­cise might be a bet­ter bet at pre­serv­ing your age­ing skele­ton. A Penn State Univer­sity study has found that low-weight, high-rep­e­ti­tion re­sis­tance train­ing in­creases bone den­sity sig­nif­i­cantly in adults and is more ben­e­fi­cial than other types of ex­er­cise. In a 27-week study of 20 adults, those who were do­ing low-re­sis­tance weight train­ing ex­pe­ri­enced a bone min­eral den­sity in­crease of eight per cent in their legs, seven per cent in their pelvis and four per

cent in arms and spine.

MOD­ER­A­TION MAT­TERS

Mod­er­a­tion is key. Mediter­ranean sci­en­tists claim that drink­ing around 1.4 pints of beer a day could ac­tu­ally do some good. Their re­view of 150 stud­ies has dis­cov­ered that reg­u­larly drink­ing beer in mod­er­a­tion, along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, doesn’t have any detri­men­tal health ef­fects and could in fact re­duce the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar

dis­ease.

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