Try these bone-building exercises
Your bones love a good workout. Pick out a few weighty workouts with this graphic, and show your bones some love this Osteoporosis Awareness Month.
Osteoporosis occurs if bone loss happens at a pace your body can't match with its bone-building activities. Exercise can help. Your fitness routine can keep your bones strong—and it could boost strength, coordination and balance too.
Consider these three exercises your bones might enjoy: high-impact weight-bearing exercises, low-impact weight-bearing exercises and muscle-strengthening exercises.
Exercises best for strong bones
Weight bearing: High impact
Jogging or running
Weight bearing: Low impact
Using elliptical machines
Using stair-step machines
Fast walking, indoors or out
Using elastic exercise bands
Using weight machines
* Ask your doctor which kinds of exercise to try. And know this: If you have osteoporosis, high-impact exercises might not be right for you.
Sources: National Institutes of Health; National Osteoporosis Foundation
Always talk with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. That is especially true if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Some exercises could up your risk of breaking a bone. If you're a senior, learn more about exercise and aging by taking our quiz.