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How does exercise help osteoporosis?

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A regular, properly designed exercise program may actually help prevent falls and fractures. That's because exercise strengthens bones and muscles and improves balance, coordination, and flexibility. That's key for people with osteoporosis.

Before you start a new workout routine, check with your doctor and physical therapist. They can tell you what's safe for your stage of osteoporosis, your fitness level, and your weight.

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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