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Ex­er­cise, sleep best for bone health

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ADE­LAIDE: Child­hood bone health is best sup­ported with 90 min­utes of ex­er­cise each day along with more than three hours of other light phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, a new study has found.

The Univer­sity of South Aus­tralia re­search, in­volv­ing chil­dren aged 11­13, also showed a need for ad­e­quate sleep.

Lead re­searcher Dot Du­muid said the find­ings pro­vided valu­able in­sights for par­ents, care­givers and clin­i­cians.

‘‘Chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the whole 24­hour day are im­por­tant for their bone health but un­til now we haven’t known the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of ex­er­cise, sleep and seden­tary time.’’

The study of 804 chil­dren found the best bal­ance of daily ac­tiv­ity was 1.5 hours of mod­er­ate phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, such as sports or play, 3.4 hours of light phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, (walk­ing or chores), 8.2 hours of seden­tary time, in­clud­ing study­ing and read­ing, and 10.9 hours of sleep.

It found boys needed an ex­tra 2.4 hours sleep each night than girls to en­sure best bone health. — AAP

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