Weight-bearing exercise is well-known for its benefits to bone health, including improving increases in bone mass, whole-bone strength, tissue quality and fracture resistance. As bone mass becomes less responsive to exercise as we age, it may be beneficial to maximise bone mass earlier in life.

One strategy is to increase bone mass in early adulthood by increasing exercise and supplementing with calcium and phosphorus. A recent study showed that this combination of weight bearing exercise and mineral supplementation would provide enhanced long term benefits. Another case of prevention is better than cure.