Exercising with Osteoporosis

Exercise or keeping moving is important for bone health and osteoporosis.

Remember, it’s never too late to start moving – whatever your age or wellness and whether you have broken bones in the past or not, there is something suitable for everyone.

Being physically active and exercising will help you in so many ways both physically and mentally.

If you’re just starting out, set achievable goals and take it step by step. Everyone can benefit from exercise, regardless of your condition and even minimal exercise could slow down the loss of bone density. The good news is once you are able to build up to some more intense exercise, then your bone density may even improve.

Be confident – being active and doing the exercise you enjoy is important – and it’s unlikely to cause a broken bone especially if you follow the guidance of your health professional or the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, or have risk factors, you may want to know how exercise can help to promote bone health here is an introduction to exercise by the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

About exercise What is osteoporosis? About exercise for osteoporosis and bone health

Whatever type of exercise you choose,  ensure you warm up before, listen to your body during and warm down afterwards. You can find out more about getting started with exercise and how to plan your sessions here:

Getting started with exercise: preparation, warm up and cool down Getting started Before and after exercise

Start with a warm-up:

Then you can work on the bone and muscle strengthening exercises:

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Before cooling down.

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Being physically active can also help keep you steady and improve your balance so you’ll be much less likely to fall over. This can make a real difference if you have other medical conditions that cause you to fall over or if you are getting older and your balance isn’t so good.

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Exercises for better posture:

Other 'Movement' Toolkits

You may be interested in our other ‘Movement’ chapters within the Wellbeing Toolkit: