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Regular work outs, support lowered fat and sturdier bones

Monday, February 07, 2011
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Regular work outs, support lowered fat and sturdier bones
Researchers have time and again stated that exercise helps burn fat. A recent major study further emphasizes this by showing how even in bone marrow we can reduce the accumulation of fat cells by being physically active throughout the day.

All immature stem cells of the bone marrow (Mesenchymal cells) mature into varying types of cells e.g. bone cells and fat cells or even some other cells, depending on the stimulation at the time. This phenomenon is not reversible. So for example the study showed that if mesechymal cells in the bone marrow of the thigh are converted into fat cells it is at the cost of sturdier bones, meaning an inverse proportion of fat cells in the marrow, to bone cells of the thigh can be seen and it is irrespective of age.



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23 April, 2011 | Rajini Sriraman | Reply

Rajini Sriraman Is 5 days of active 11/2 hrs at gym good enough? or should I make it 6days.

25 April, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Rajani
Normally as a general goal, we ask people to include at least 30 -40 minutes of physical activity in their daily routine. Since you are looking at losing weight and maintaining weight loss you may need to increase your activity even more. Its recommended that at least a total of 2 hrs 30 mts (150 mts) a week of even moderate aerobic activity or 1 hr 15 mts of vigorous activity (ex –running ) and preferably spread through out the week is beneficial . You should also include strength training (weights) at least twice a week, according to MAYO CLINIC.
Hope this information helps.
Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr, Dietitian

25 April, 2011 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Hello Rajini,

Being Active for five days, that too working out for 1 1/2 per day is very good.

You can choose a activity like playing tennis, swimming, golf, table tenis, volley ball etc which will be fun and also burn calories for the two days you are not going to gym.

Also you have not mentioned your BMI and your weight goal.

14 February, 2011 | Anju Sharma | Reply

Anju Sharma So, does it mean I should break up my 50-60 minute workout into 2 groups morning, evening
I am 36 yrs old, never had kids - but ok health. I do eat out a lot due to work so thats why try and workout 4-5 days a week.
my grandmother has osteoporosis and my grandfather has heart disease, my father has very severe blood pressure and my mother has controlled diabetes.
I dont have any issues- yet.

15 February, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Anju
If you can be active through the day despite your 50-60 mts work out it would be ideal or else you could work out actively for 40 mts and be active through the day (walk wherever and whenever possible ) and try not to be sedentary
This study is just to show that being active the entire day be it walking or working out at moderate intensity is sufficient to give a healthy bone structure and its not against a vigorous work out for 50-60 mts .What most people do is in the name of health they have a vigorous work out once a day and either tire out so much that they have no energy for being active through the day or just laze out under the premise that the earlier work out will compensate for being sedentary or slouching, through the day .
I hope this information brings in more clarity.
Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr. Dietitian,

14 February, 2011 | Sujatha Rao | Reply

Sujatha Rao I work at a BPO - 5 of us go for 20 min brisk walk two times a day within campus - every day - it feels very very good.
Everyone says we r crazy as we shd take junk food break instead.
My boss is happy - so i am happy.

18 April, 2011 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Hello Sujatha,

Junk foods contain a lot of fats and sugars that are not healthy for our body and they help pile on kilos.

It is very sensible of your group to do that 20 mins brisk walk, twice a day. Please do not do a brisk walk immediately after your lunch or dinner. Also make sure you wear a good walking shoes and consume good amount of fluids in the form of water, buttermilk, green tea, tender coconut water.

14 February, 2011 | Rohit jha | Reply

Rohit jha I do 20 intense jogging mins 3 times a day as I cannot take so much time out at one time.
I have always been like this since college - small exercising
works for me.
I dont know if the dietitians agree or not - it suits my body
Good or bad?

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