Exercising And Osteoporosis: What You Should Know

Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bone density decreases as you age, affecting your spine and your hips. This decrease in bone density can lead to fractures in these areas, which can be very painful and limit your ability to move. Osteoporosis is not curable, but it can be treated with proper exercise, a healthy diet, and some medication. Read on for some information about exercising with osteoporosis.

Do Exercises That Are Best For You

Don't just exercise; you need to do an exercise that is best for you and your condition. You should talk to your physician about what exercises are best for you and your osteoporosis. Getting into a routine that is not best for you could end up causing you to injure yourself. You can also use a personal trainer to help show you the right type of exercise routine and the proper technique so you don't injure yourself.

Stretch Daily

Stretching helps improve your flexibility and can strengthen your joints and your muscles. If you are exercising, you need to also be sure to stretch. Stretch before you exercise, or even on days that you aren't exercising. Stretch your hips and your back especially, as these are the areas that are most affected by osteoporosis. 

Don't Be Afraid Of Using Weights

Adding weights to your exercise routine can help you add strength and increase your muscle. Don't be afraid to lift weights or exercise with them. You shouldn't lift anything that is too heavy for you to pick up, so choose a lighter weight, especially when you begin working out. Start with a 3-5 lb. weight to start, and increase the weight as you are able to, but don't overdo it to prevent injuring yourself. Resistance bands are also something you can use, as opposed to weights. Resistance bands can also improve your range of motion.

Know When To Rest

If you are sore or feel that you've done too much one day, don't exercise, take a day to rest your body. Over-doing it can result in injuries to your body and do the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve. Be sure you rest your body as needed.

If you have osteoporosis, exercising can help you. Talk to your physician about what exercises are best for you and use a personal trainer to show you the proper technique to prevent injuring yourself.