Working Out with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis affects millions of Americans, most of whom are women. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is caused when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or a combination of both. When this happens, bones become weaker and are more prone to injury. Some people don’t even know they have osteoporosis until they break a bone.

If you’re 65 and older, female, or have a family history of osteoporosis, you may want to talk to your doctor about your bone health and osteoporosis risk. Although age and gender are risk factors for developing osteoporosis, a balanced diet and regular exercise can help to support healthy bones. You can also reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis by limiting alcohol and quitting smoking.

If you have osteoporosis, muscle-strengthening and weight-bearing exercises might be part of your treatment. If you’re looking for a routine you can do at home, check out the video below. The workout was created by Tim Rabetoy, a certified personal trainer and medical exercise specialist who has worked with hundreds of people with osteoporosis. For this workout, you’ll need a step platform, dumbbell set, and an optional yoga mat.

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