For your safety, read both Osteoporosis exercise warning #1 and #2.

Osteoporosis Exercise Warning #1. If you have Osteoporosis, do not do any exercises which are high impact without the expressed permission of your health care provider. High impact exercises could cause stress fractures. Also, do not do exercises where you can fall easily. You do not want to break a bone.

Examples of exercises the most Osteoporosis advisers say you should avoid: running, jogging, jumping rope, high impact aerobics, football, soccer, hockey etc.

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There are many exercises that you can do : walking, progressive weight lifting [with a few exceptions to some positions], stair climbing are just a few.

Exercise Warning #2. If you have Osteoporosis do NOT do exercises which require you to bend forward at the waist. Spontaneous crush fractures of the spine can occur when coming back up from this position.

Examples of exercises to avoid: Toe touching, bent over row when weightlifting. Also, although yoga is often helpful since it lengthens and strengthens muscles, many poses in yoga require these forward or bent postions. Avoid them unless you have expert guidance from someone who understands the risks of spontaneous crush fracturs in persons with Osteoporosis of the spine.

Suggestion: If you have Osteoporosis, it is a very good idea to spend time on balance and co-ordination exercises every day. You want to prevent falls while your bones are porous. Balance and co-ordination are two skills you really need. These exercises are things you can do in the kitchen after breakfast or lunch. They are not difficult. And they can be fun.

Rsearch shows that balance and co-ordination exercises bring improvement very quickly. You can prevent falls!


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