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A: Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disorder characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density. It is a disorder that typically affects older adults, with incidences increasing with age.

Can someone with osteoporosis exercise? The short answer is yes. As we age, we begin losing bone density which eventually can lead to osteoporosis. This is why it is so important to continue to exercise and help maintain bone strength and density. The best exercises to help maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis are ones that are dynamic and weight bearing physical activities. Our body needs to move to exercise, this movement is created by our muscles, so when our muscles contract, they pull on our bones which allows us to move. This pulling on the bone, by our muscles, is what helps maintain bone health and density. Therefore, exercise programs including strength/resistance training can help! Exercises such as walking, running, or plyometrics are great for bone health (depending on your fitness level). The pounding of our body weight against the ground promotes the increase in bone density.

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