Osteoporosis

Frequently Asked Questions

16. If I have osteoporosis or low bone mass, what are some tips for safe exercising?

If you have osteoporosis, ask your doctor which activities are safe for you. If you have low bone mass, experts recommend that you protect your spine by avoiding exercises or activities that flex, bend, or twist it. Furthermore, you should avoid high-impact exercise to lower the risk of breaking a bone.

You also might want to consult with an exercise specialist to learn the proper progression of activity, how to stretch and strengthen muscles safely, and how to correct poor posture habits. An exercise specialist should have a degree in exercise physiology, physical education, physical therapy, or a similar specialty. Be sure to ask if he or she is familiar with the special needs of people with osteoporosis.

If you have health problems—such as heart trouble, high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity—or if you aren't used to energetic activity, check with your doctor before you begin a regular exercise program.