Exercise can help keep your bones strong and reduce your risk of the bone disease osteoporosis.
Consider these three exercises for your bones: high-impact weight-bearing exercises, low-impact weight-bearing exercises and muscle-strengthening exercises.
Exercises best for strong bones
Weight bearing: High impact
Jogging or running
Weight bearing: Low impact
Using elliptical machines
Using stair-step machines
Fast walking, indoors or out
Using elastic exercise bands
Using weight machines
* Ask your doctor which kinds of exercise to try. And know this: If you have osteoporosis, high-impact exercises might not be right for you.
Sources: National Institutes of Health; National Osteoporosis Foundation
Always talk with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. That is especially true if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Some exercises could up your risk of breaking a bone. If you're a senior, learn more about exercise and aging by taking our quiz.