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International Healthcare News: Running is 'a very useful exercise'

People could cut their likelihood of having to make a claim on an expatriate health insurance policy by staying fit, such as through running.

Charlene Hutsebaut, exercise expert for The De-Stress Diet and founder of charlenehutsebaut.com, said this activity is "great for bone health".

Furthermore, research by Dublin University has shown that running for half an hour burns calories 40 per cent faster than playing tennis or cycling for the same length of time, she added.

The expert noted taking a run outside also enables people to take in sunshine, which boosts their vitamin D uptake.

In turn, this helps with the absorption of calcium and the enhancement of mood, she continued.

"Care must be taken if one already has osteoporosis and wants to jog," Ms Hutsebaut declared.

The National Osteoporosis Society claims sufferers of the condition should be careful of high-impact and vigorous exercise, although it states that it is "important to stay active" and for people to find pastimes they enjoy.

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