As we age, our bones can lose density. They may become weaker and more porous — and more likely to break. This disease is called osteoporosis.
The reasons this happens vary. Some people are at a higher risk for osteoporosis because of factors they can’t control, including:
But there are ways you can keep your bones strong:
The National Osteoporosis Foundation lists examples of two ways to strengthen bones: weight-bearing exercise and muscle-strengthening exercise.
Examples of high-impact weight-bearing exercises are:
Examples of low-impact weight-bearing exercises are:
Examples of muscle-strengthening or resistance exercises include:
Make sure you talk to your doctor before you begin any exercise routine.
Our experienced rheumatologists are skilled at diagnosing and treating arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, including osteoporosis. Learn more.
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