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EXERCISING WITH OSTEOPOROSIS: STAY ACTIVE THE SAFE WAY

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Osteoporosis is a major cause of disability in older women. Fractures in the hip and spine can severely impair mobility and independence.

How can you reduce your risk of these life changing injuries? Exercise can help.

Weight bearing and resistance exercises are particularly important for maintaining and improving bone density. Some types of exercises are designed to improve balance which can help prevent falls.

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Benefits of exercise

Women who have been physically active throughout their lives generally have stronger bones than do women who have led more sedentary lives

Exercising with osteoporosis means finding the safest, most enjoyable activities with your level of fitness and bone health. There's no one-size-fits-all exercise program for people suffering with osteoporosis.

 

Before you start

Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program for osteoporosis. You may need some tests first, including:

  • Bone density measurement
  • Fitness assessment

In the meantime, think about what kind of activities you enjoy most. If you choose an exercise you enjoy, you're more likely to stick with it over time. Don't let fear of fractures keep you from having fun and being active.