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Health Tip: Weight-Bearing Exercises Strengthen Bones

-- Getting plenty of calcium and vitamin D in your diet are great ways to ward off the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercises are another way to help maintain bone health.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends these forms of weight-bearing exercise:

  • Brisk walking, jogging or hiking.
  • Strenuous yard work such as pushing a lawn mower, or active gardening.
  • Sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis or racquetball.
  • Climbing the stairs, step aerobics or dancing.
  • Activities such as skiing, bowling, skating or karate.
  • Use of free weights or weight machines.
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Posted: March 2008