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How do you choose an exercise program if you have osteoporosis?

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There is no single exercise plan that's best for everyone with osteoporosis. The routine you choose should be unique to you and based on your:

  • Fracture risk
  • Muscle strength
  • Range of motion
  • Level of physical activity
  • Fitness
  • Gait
  • Balance

From: Best Exercise for Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Weightbearing Exercises for Women and Girls."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Exercise for Healthy Bones," "Safe Movement," "Osteoporosis Exercise for Strong Bones."

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "How PM&R Physicians Use Exercise to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis."

Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center: "Exercise for Your Bone Health." 

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

Vondracek, S. , May 14, 2009. Clinical Interventions in Aging

Kessenich, C. , June 2007.   Clinical Interventions in Aging

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 18, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Weightbearing Exercises for Women and Girls."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Exercise for Healthy Bones," "Safe Movement," "Osteoporosis Exercise for Strong Bones."

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "How PM&R Physicians Use Exercise to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis."

Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center: "Exercise for Your Bone Health." 

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

Vondracek, S. , May 14, 2009. Clinical Interventions in Aging

Kessenich, C. , June 2007.   Clinical Interventions in Aging

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 18, 2016

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