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Cycling is not a weight-bearing exercise and thus it does nothing to help build bone density and in extreme cases may even result in loss of bone density. Bones need the stress of weight bearing to build density. Weight training, cross-training and running are all good for bone density building. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends 1000-1300 milligrams of calcium a day - through diet or supplements. Also it recommends that smoking, cola's and alcohol be limited as they inhibit calcium absorption.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Mountain Bike
About: Cycling, unlike other exercise, does nothing to help build bone density
Date: November 2000
Source: Mountain Bike
Author: Selene Yeager
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