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Exercising to Build Strong Bones

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  • Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
    - Abraham Lincoln
  • I had no idea gardening was considered a good workout! I sweat a lot, so it does make sense
  • Good article with good tips!!
  • This article was very helpful, thanks
  • Great article, with great information !
    Thanks!
  • I am 63 and had my first bone density test done last year. My NP had to call to double check as they said I had the bones of a 25 year old! Now my joints are bad with arthritis and I had a right knee replacement 3 years ago. BU this said, riding my bike for over 40 years has helped to make my bones good.
  • Thank you, very interesting. Too bad that all the 'load bearing' exercises require a person to walk or to be able to stand... those with foot complaints may have a problem with those. But glad to see there's other things we can do!
  • I am in the process of changing all of my exercise routines - away from aerobic, trying to incorporate more strength and balance. I'm 53, but am post-menopausal for 12 years now. Formally diagnosed this year with osteoporosis in left hip, neck and back (arthritis, too) - and osteopenia in other hip. I'm avoiding Foxamax --- hoping that changing my exericse and the Calcium/Vit D therapy helps me improve. I'm sad, because I used to do a LOT of gardening ... now, having two jobs keeps me inside most of the time. THANKS for the info and article!!
  • At turning 62 years old I just had my first bone density test. I have been a bike rider for years, riding approximately 50 miles per week. I do it simply to burn calories so I can eat more (I'm being honest) and stress relief (I have a pretty stressful family situation). My Nurse Practitioner was surprised with the results of the test and double checked the results before calling me. I have the bones of a less than 30 year old! I don't feel that young, but riding works!
  • Such good information from the comments as well as the article. Thanks to everyone.
  • They really need to update the information that they use to diagnose osteoporosis - the machines used today were created by the makers of Fosamax, we all know that is not good for you ( I dont' eat paint, do you ? ) IMHO there has to be a better honest way of diagnosing where big brother pharma company does not gain from our health issues ... Walking is the best form of weight bearing excersize there is, use walking poles, you'll use more muscle on those flat areas - use weights sporodically several times a day not just for 20 min 2 x a day - 5 minutes here and there is better - and avoid those activities that will cause injury.
  • SWAMPSPARROW
    Most of the first group of highly suggested exercises (running, jogging, jumping jacks, etc) were not knee joint friendly, especially if you have had a knee replacement. Among the specific suggestions, that basically leaves walking uphill (and presumably down as well?) and stationary bicycling with resistance). Without access to a gym, and perhaps using ankle weights and small dumbells, I wonder what specific in-house exercises might be helpful, if any, for building bone density.

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