Exercise Your Way To Healthy Bones
Physical activity is important for people living with osteoporosis, because it helps to build and maintain healthy bones.
Experts recommend 4 different types of physical activity. Try a few of these to start – and be sure to ask your doctor for a full list of activities you should be doing.
These are exercises that get your heart rate up – you should feel like your heart is beating faster and you are breathing harder.
Strength and Resistance Exercises
Use weights, elastic exercise bands or even your own body weight to increase muscle and bone strength.
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Balance and Coordination
Activities like tai chi and swimming help improve your balance and coordination to decrease your risk of falling.
Exercises like chin tucks can be done every day to help improve your posture.
Exercises to Avoid
People with osteoporosis should avoid activities like high-impact aerobics, jogging, running, jumping rope and any activity that involves bending and twisting (e.g. rowing machines, sit-ups).
For some excellent websites, books and videos on weight-bearing exercise, please visit the Resources section.
Talk to Your Friends
Osteoporosis is a silent disease. Although one in four women and one in eight men have osteoporosis, many are unaware of it. Spread the word by talking to your friends about osteoporosis, the value of a healthy diet and exercise and the importance of talking to your doctor.Osteoporosis Exercise Resources