Exercise can help keep your bones strong and reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Consider adding these three exercises to your routine:
Exercises best for strong bones
Weight bearing: High impact
Jogging or running
Weight bearing: Low impact
Using elliptical machines
Using stair-step machines
Fast walking, indoors or out
Using elastic exercise bands
Using weight machines
*Ask your doctor which kinds of exercise to try. And know this: If you have osteoporosis, high-impact exercises might not be right for you.
Always talk with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. That is especially true if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Some exercises could raise your risk of breaking a bone. Learn more about exercise and aging in this quiz.
- Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation. "Osteoporosis Exercise for Strong Bones." https://www.bonehealthandosteoporosis.org/patients/treatment/exercisesafe-movement/osteoporosis-exercise-for-strong-bones/.
- National Institutes of Health; Osteoporosis and Related Diseases National Resource Center. "Exercise for Your Bone Health." https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/exercise/exercise-your-bone-health.