Osteoporosis & Exercise

A regular and challenging exercise program can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis and/or can help prevent osteoporosis from progressing (if you already suffer with it).

 Weight bearing (otherwise called load bearing) exercise is very beneficial for fighting osteoporosis. Load bearing exercise works muscles and bones so that bones can become denser and stronger.

This type of exercise makes muscles work against the pull of gravity. Hiking, Dancing, Stair Climbing, Weight Lifting/Resistance Training, Tennis, Martial Arts and Jogging are just some examples of weight bearing exercises. Do weight bearing exercise at least 3 times per week to get optimal benefits.


Make sure you incorporate Cardiovascular and Flexibility training into your exercise regime to maintain optimal health benefits. Remember to start your exercise session with a proper warm up (before doing more intense exercise).


Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program. Discontinue an exercise if you feel any pain or discomfort.

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