Regular exercise is recommended both to maintain bone density, and to improve it in those with low bone density (osteopenia and osteoporosis).
Many people think that walking will be enough to help their bone density. Unfortunately the evidence suggests walking alone is not enough. To improve bone density, you need to do exercise which stresses the bones and forces them to “remodel” or reshape themselves with more strength.
What kind of exercise is recommended to improve bone density?
Those with severe low bone density (osteoporosis) should also avoid some kinds of exercises – anything involving bending or twisting with load should be avoided, as these activities can increase the risk of spinal fracture.
A Women’s Health Physiotherapist can give you advice or set an exercise program for you to help improve and maintain bone density. Those with osteoporosis will still need medical management as well.