Exercises for Preventing Osteoporosis

What Exercises Are Best for Preventing or Treating Osteoporosis?

The kind and/or amount of exercise suitable for someone with established osteoporosis depends on the condition of the bones. For people whose osteoporosis is advanced, some strength training, aerobic and flexibility exercises may be unsuitable. A physician or physical therapist can recommend the right exercises for a patient’s particular condition. They may include:

Strength training: This can be done with free weights, weight machines, resistance bands or exercises in a pool. Such training builds muscle strength so the muscles can more effectively support the bones, and it can also slow bone mineral loss.

Weight-bearing aerobic exercise: Exercises in which you support your own body weight, such as walking, dancing, low-impact aerobics and gardening can strengthen bones while improving fitness and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Flexibility exercises: Stretching, bending and rotating your joints can increase joint mobility and overall flexibility and improve your posture.
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