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Exercise & Physical Activity

  • Safe Exercise for Strong Bones

    Weight-bearing exercise is one of the three primary pillars of bone health along with a calcium-rich diet and vitamin D. Walking is a good option for weight-bearing exercise that offers…

  • Weight bearing physical activity is important for reducing bone loss.  However, to increase bone density, activities — such as high impact aerobics or running — must generate relatively high loading…

  • How Often Should I Exercise?

    A popular research question in exercise is, “What is the best workout schedule?” Many studies have tried to answer this question but there is not a definitive answer.  The current…

  • Exercise Right to Prevent Fractures

    Finding out you have low bone density is frightening. Suddenly you worry that even the smallest activity may cause a fracture. Exercise is still very important to maintaining healthy bones,…

  • Is Walking Good for Bone Health?

    The three primary pillars of bone health have always been a calcium-rich diet, vitamin D and weight-bearing exercise. Walking has always been considered a great option for a weight-bearing exercise. …

  • The Mechanics of Walking

    Walking involves a coordinated effort of the feet, knees, and hips. The cycle of how a person walks is called the gait. The gait cycle is divided into two phases:…

  • 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines

    Jump for joy! The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated their physical activity guidelines with a considerable nod to bone health.  We have known for a long time…

  • Your Feet are the Base of Support

    One of the important things in preventing falls is the importance of posture and alignment. It all begins with your feet! The feet provide a base of support for the…

  • Is My Exercise Program Safe?

    An exercise program is good if the fitness instructor, trainer or physical therapist asks you to 1) complete a health questionnaire before starting the program, 2) perform a personal fitness…

  • Osteogenic Loading

    Click here to download the full PDF Weight bearing activity is critical for bone health. The stress on the bones that results from weight bearing activities like running, jumping, and at…

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