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How can exercise help manage osteoporosis?

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Make it a habit to do weight-bearing activities such as running, walking, tennis, dancing, stair climbing, aerobics, and weightlifting. When done regularly, this helps your bone density, so your bones are stronger.

Do this type of exercise at least three times per week for 30-45 minutes.

Although bicycle riding and using an elliptical machine are great for your heart, they may not be the best choice to help you with osteoporosis, because they don't put enough stress on your bones. You can still do them for their cardio benefits. Just make sure you do bone-strengthening workouts, too.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium,” “Vitamin D.”

Mayo Clinic: "Osteoporosis: Self-management: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Osteoporosis prevention and treatment (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium,” “Vitamin D.”

Mayo Clinic: "Osteoporosis: Self-management: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Osteoporosis prevention and treatment (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

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