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Preventing Osteoporosis: Staying Active

Certain factors can speed up bone loss or decrease bone growth. For example, a lack of activity makes bones lose their strength. Exercise plays a big part in maintaining bone mass, no matter what your age. The amount and type of activity you do also play a part in keeping your bones strong. Weight-bearing and resistance exercises, such as walking, aerobic dancing, and bicycling, are just a few of the activities that are good for your bones.

Woman doing leg extensions on exercise equipment.
Resistance exercises, such as weight training, help maintain bones by strengthening the muscles around them. Swimming is also a good choice.

  • Check with your health care provider before starting any new exercise program.

  • Stop any exercise that causes pain.

Online Medical Reviewer: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Online Medical Reviewer: Nelson, Gail A., MS, APRN, BC
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 7/9/2013
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