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Osteoporosis & Strength Training

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Recovery Strength Training

When we think about preventing osteoporosis, we think about getting enough calcium and vitamin D. We constantly see commercials on television with women drinking whole cartons of milk or chewing on entire heads of broccoli. But it is also crucial for women to either get active, continue their regular exercise routine, or increase activity - especially weight bearing exercises. Strength training can drastically improve osteoporosis.

Muscle pulling on bone builds bone, therefore strength exercises build stronger, denser bones and prevent osteoporosis. Strength training comes from lifting weights, jogging, hiking, stair climbing, step aerobics, dancing, racquet sports, or any other activity that requires your muscles to work against gravity.

It is easy to add weight bearing exercise to your daily routine. You can opt to take the stairs, for example, or lift hand weights while watching your favourite TV show. Participating in weight bearing exercises also improves your heart health, muscle strength, and coordination and balance.

If you already have osteoporosis, you may be concerned about whether or not you should exercise at all. Well, the answer is definitely a great big YES. Speak to your doctor about what exercises you can do safely to preserve bone health and strengthen it.

Yoga can be a safe, effective way to strengthen your body and mind and prevent osteoporosis. Watch the Yoga for Osteoporosis video.

View additional HealthTalk topics on Osteoporosis here. View "Recovery Strength Training" video.

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