|Why is exercise important for those with Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones that were once strong and thick become
weak and brittle. It is normal to lose bone mass with age, but loss to the point of
frequent fractures can cause health problems and a loss of independence. Regular exercise
can not only prevent Osteoporosis, but can also decrease the rate of bone loss once
it has begun.
|What types of exercise are beneficial and safe?
A specific type of exercise, weight-bearing exercise, is necessary to strengthen
bones. Weight-bearing exercise is defined as any activity you do where your bones are
supporting your weight. Examples include walking and stair
climbing. However, when doing weight-bearing exercises, it is important to choose an
activity that is safe for you and not dangerous to the joints. A weight-bearing exercise
does not need to be a high-impact exercise, such as jogging. The force your muscles exert
on the bones also helps to strengthen them. The stronger a muscle is, the more force it
exerts upon the bone. Therefore, by strengthening your muscles you can also strengthen
your bones. Weight lifting and resistance training are two types of exercise that help to
strengthen muscles. Even lifting a small amount of weight on a regular basis can have
health benefits. Small hand weights and resistance bands are examples of muscle
strengthening equipment that are inexpensive and easy to use.
Weakening bones are a fact of life that all people, especially women, must face as
they grow older. However, steps can be taken early in life to prevent Osteoporosis. While
prevention is the best protection, loss of bone density can be reduced with treatment
including exercise, caution, and diet. Exercise is an essential tool in the battle against
Osteoporosis as it is effective in both prevention and treatment.