Exercise Trades Fat For Bone

Exercise Trades Fat For Bone Believing that fat turns into muscle with regular exercise is a fairly common gym myth. In reality, muscle and fat are two entirely different types of tissue. Exercise builds up the good while helping to reduce the bad. But a paper published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology suggests that regular workouts might influence stem cells to turn themselves into bone instead of fat.

Using lab mice, researchers discovered that running on a treadmill for less than an hour three days a week was enough to cause a greater number of mesenchymal stem cells to become bone rather than fat in the marrow cavities of your bones. This boosts your body's ability to produce blood which helps support efficient oxygen uptake and immune system health.

True Strength Moment: While the biological mechanisms of this research are interesting, you don't have to be a scientist to know there are lots of good reasons for keeping yourself fit. Feeling good and looking good are great motivators for the added benefits that an active lifestyle brings.
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