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It is never too late to start an exercise program for bone health.
With age, bone loss happens at a faster rate than bone formation, leaving bones porous, weak, and susceptible to fractures. Bone is living tissue and, like muscle, responds positively to exercise even as we age.
The best type of exercises for bone health are weight bearing exercises that put pressure on the bones, especially the hips and spine. Examples include jogging and dancing. Adding resistance training with free weights or exercise machines will enhance bone strength.
If you already have a diagnosis of osteoporosis, please consult with your healthcare provider before beginning an exercise program.
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I’m Cheraine Stanford, WPSU.