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If you are in generally good health, but do suffer from osteoporosis, gentle weight-bearing and balance-focused exercises can help you reduce bone loss, conserve bone mass, and stay physically active. Walking, low-impact aerobics, dancing, yoga, Pilates, and swimming are all good options that let you go at your own pace, but that provide functional training. Note that swimming is not a weight-bearing exercise, but it is often a preferred exercise for people with severe osteoporosis because it improves cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength while removing the risk of a fall. Of course, always consult a health care professional before incorporating any new activity into your exercise regimen.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|