What are good bone-building exercises for beginners?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
The best bone building exercise for the lower body is to walk or to walk up and down the stairs (or use a Stairmaster).  For the upper body, light weights with frequent repetitions can be very helpful for building bones.  The best way to start is to have a session with a physical therapist or a trainer.  They can show you the safest way to begin and probably the best type of weights to use.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Strength training is king when it comes to building bones. If you're a novice in the gym (or working out at home, without the benefit of any equipment or admiring glances from other Spandex-clad patrons), some of the best bone-building resistance exercises don't need to involve any dumbbells or barbells, elastic bands, or other artificial weights.

Instead, you can use your own body weight as resistance. Squats and lunges will not only train all the muscles in your leg and butt, but they also help strengthen the muscles in your lower back to protect you from strains. You can also add upper-body exercises, and exercises that work your midsection-to help provide stabilization and strength to your entire body.

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