What types of exercises are considered to be weight-bearing?

Weight bearing or load bearing exercise is any form of activity or exercise in which you have to support your own body or support an external load. This means activities in which you are standing on one or both legs, or lifting an external load. Examples include walking, hiking, jogging, running, jumping jacks, calisthenics, weight lifting, and sprinting. Cycling, and swimming and rowing are not considered to be weight bearing exercises because you are sitting down or are in water and are thus not supporting your own body weight. The NASM and health experts everywhere advise people to engage in weight bearing exercise daily to help maintain the health and density of their bones and muscles. Weight bearing exercise along with a healthy diet is the best way to prevent the loss of muscle and bone mass as you age, and the older you are the more important they become.

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