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What type of exercise can I do if I have osteoporosis?

Eric Olsen
Fitness
Women with osteoporosis will want to be especially careful in choosing activities that won't overstress weakened bones. Low-impact aerobics, exercise classes in water, and walking are ideal. Light weight training is very effective in preserving bone mineral density, and there is good evidence that such training can even reverse the course of the disease. However, weight training should be approached with extreme caution if severe osteoporosis has already developed, and you'll want to check with your physician before taking it up. You may also want to be cautious about undertaking any activities that increase the risk of falls.
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