If your doctor or trainer recommends weight-bearing exercise and you're not quite sure what it is, read on.
What Is Weight-bearing Exercise?
In weight-bearing exercises, your bones and muscles work against gravity and your feet and legs bear the weight. Your bones adapt to the weight and pull of the muscle during weight-bearing exercise by building more bone cells and becoming stronger. This makes your bones stronger and may help prevent ]]>osteoporosis]]>.
How Weight-bearing Exercise Works
Weight-bearing exercises include strength-training (resistance) exercises and some aerobic exercises.
Exercises that are both weight-bearing and aerobic include:
- Stair climbing
Strength training exercises include:
- Calisthenics, such as push-ups or chin-ups
- Free weights
- Weight machines
- Elastic tubing
Before starting an exercise program, ]]>check with your doctor about any possible medical problems]]> you may have that would limit your exercise program. If you're new to exercise, consider making an appointment with a certified athletic trainer to help you develop a safe, effective, and enjoyable exercise program. You can find a trainer at a local gym or through a referral from your healthcare provider or a friend.
American College of Sports Medicine
National Strength and Conditioning Association
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
Healthy Living Unit
American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home.html.
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine website. Available at: http://www.sportsmed.org/tabs/Index.aspx.
The Physician and Sportsmedicine journal.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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