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Regular weight‐bearing physical activity is routinely advised to promote bone strengthening. Bone according to Wolff's law has the ability to adapt to the loads placed on it. This ability of bone is greatest in the young and diminishes greatly or is non‐existent in the elderly. This study uses site‐specific measurements of BMD as a measure of bone strength. It indicates that long‐distance running is not effective in a young population as a general bone‐strengthening exercise, whereas playing soccer, a sport that produces high strains on bone with a varied distribution, is effective. This finding is important to guide those whose primary exercise goal is bone strengthening.