OptimizePMD: Best Exercises for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a common concern for many. If it's something you're worried about, or maybe already dealing with, what kinds of exercises should you focus on? Owings Mills health coach Yvonne Bull offers a few suggestions. Watch the video below and read on for a recap.
- In short, the best exercises for osteoporosis are anything that is weight bearing, or basically anything that you're doing on your feet. Walking, jogging, hiking, mowing the lawn. Stepping, step aerobics, climbing stairs, yoga.
- Osteoporosis is not going to be in every bone in your body. The four risk areas are your wrists, ribs, hips, and your spine.
- Just like you can grow your muscles, you can grow your bones, too. Anytime you activate gravity against your body, you're strengthening your bones, which is why weight bearing exercises are so important.
- Remember to vary your exercises. You might be a big walker, but still have hip pain because you're just walking in a linear fashion. Consider changing it up and focus on some side-to-side exercises, too. You could also vary the intensity of your walk, from a leisurely slow to a quick, rapid burst.
- Using weights, even very light weights, can help enormously as well.
OptimizePMD is a new wellness program under development at PartnerMD. By emphasizing various exercise strategies and explaining the science behind them, OptimizePMD will help participants achieve and maintain optimal physical performance at all stages of life. Check out more OptimizePMD content here. More information coming soon!