If you’re active, your bones benefit. However, the National Osteoporosis Foundation helpfully points out that some types of exercise are better than others. For the most protection, focus on weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise.

hgHigh-impact weight-bearing exercise help build bones and keep them strong. These activities below are designed for people in good shape and with medical clearance:

  • Backpacking
  • Dancing
  • High-impact aerobics
  • Skiing
  • Hikinggm
  • Jogging/running
  • Jumping rope
  • Stair climbing
  • Step aerobics
  • Skiing
  • Tennis


33Low-impact weight-bearing exercises can also help protect your bones and are a great alternative for people who can’t do high-impact exercises. Some include:

  • Using elliptical training machines
  • Doing low-impact aerobics
  • Using stair-step machines
  • Fast walking on a treadmill or outside
  • Muscle-strengthening exercises

Exercises-That-Will-Transform-Your-BodyAnything that challenges your muscles will help keep your skeleton strong as well. some examples, include:

  • Lifting weights
  • Using elastic exercise bands
  • Using weight machines
  • Lifting your own body weight (push-ups, yoga)
  • Everyday activities like going up stairs, standing up from your chair or rising up on your toes.

Anything that involves hauling yourself around-fighting the effects of gravity-counts as weight-bearing. Depending on the state of your joints and your fitness level, you can choose high-or low- impact moves. 

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