Do I have to do a certain type of exercise to stop bone loss?

Howard S. Smith
Pain Medicine
Exercise does not have to be excessive or strenuous to stop or reverse bone loss. Two studies involving more than 800 older adults found that those who walked the equivalent of at least 20 to 30 minutes per day had much denser bones than inactive adults. Numerous studies have all made similar conclusions -- weight-bearing exercise can stimulate bone mass to stay strong in women of all ages. This type of activity puts vertical force on the bones. This force creates mini-electrical currents that help to strengthen the bone being stressed. The following are excellent forms of weight-bearing exercises: aerobics, biking, dancing, jogging, racket sports, rowing, running, strength training, and walking.

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