Preventing osteoporosis with weight bearing exercise
Dr. Robert J. Wolf: Preventing Osteoporosis with Weight-Bearing Exercise
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Dr. Robert J. Wolf: Preventing Osteoporosis with Weight-Bearing Exercise Board certified by the American Board of InternalMedicine, Dr. Robert J. Wolf has treated patients athis Skokie, Illinois, private practice for more than 13 years. Dr. Wolf is a strong proponent of patient education and preventive care to help patientsminimize their risks of developing chronic conditions such as osteoporosis.
● Q: What is osteoporosis?● A: Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones lose their density, making them more vulnerable to fracture. Thinning of the bones most often occurs in women who have a family history of the condition, smoke, drink excessively, have a thin body frame, or do not exercise.
● Q: How can weight-bearing exercise help prevent osteoporosis?● A: Weight-bearing exercise stimulates the bone tissues, helping the cells to break down and regenerate in much the same way that muscles are strengthened. Working these living tissues against gravity is one of the most effective ways of preventing bone deterioration and osteoporosis.
● Q: What are some examples of weight- bearing activities?● A: Many people think of heavy weight lifting when they hear the term “weight bearing,” but there are numerous low-impact exercises that help prevent bone loss. Pretty much any exercise other than swimming and bicycling is a good choice for working the body against gravity and building strong bones, including yoga, walking, team sports, dancing, gardening, and golf.