Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones and can make exercising difficult. There are many ways to prevent injuries associated with this disorder such as exercise to strengthen muscles and bones or exercises to improve balance in order to prevent falls. To learn more about the benefits of exercise, choosing the right exercise, and movements to avoid, continue reading below.
Benefits of Exercise
It’s never too late to start exercising. Regular physical activity can:
- Increase muscle strength.
- Improve balance.
- Decrease the risk of broken bones.
- Improve posture.
- Lessen pain.
- Exercising if you have osteoporosis means finding the safest, most enjoyable activities for you based on your overall health and amount of bone loss. There’s no one-size-fits-all prescription.
Before you Start
Consult your health care provider before starting any exercise program for osteoporosis. You might 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.
Choosing the right form of exercise
These types of activities are often recommended for people with osteoporosis:
- Strength training exercises, especially those for the upper back.
- Weight-bearing aerobic activities, like walking.
- Flexibility exercises.
- Stability and balance exercises.
People with more advanced osteoporosis may have a high risk of a broken bone. They might be discouraged from doing certain exercises. Ask your primary care provider or physical therapist whether you’re at risk of osteoporosis-related problems. Find out what exercises are safe for you.