Working women can take advantage of summer's long days and warm nights to schedule the exercise that physicians recommend to help prevent the bone-debilitating disease osteoporosis.
"Weight-bearing exercise stimulates cell activity in the bones, keeping the remodeling process active and building denser, stronger bones," said bone specialist Christopher Cann of the University of California, San Francisco, and the Dairy Council of California.
Women who exercise have denser bone mass and are at less risk for osteoporosis, a leading cause of death in women, according to a 1982 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Physicians recommend exercise, eating calcium-rich foods, stopping smoking and limited alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
The average young American woman gets only two-thirds of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for calcium, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. One additional eight-ounce glass of milk daily--or the equivalent in yogurt or cheese--would be enough to meet the RDA.