Water exercise: Any benefit to osteoporosis?

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Water exercise: Any benefit to osteoporosis?

Question

Does water exercise count as a "weight-bearing exercise" to prevent or improve bone loss associated with osteoporosis?

Delores
Michigan

Answer

Water exercise has many benefits. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the weight-bearing impact you need to reduce or prevent bone loss. You can improve the weight-bearing impact of water exercise by moving to the shallow end of the pool — the water level should be between your waist and chest while your feet touch the bottom of the pool. If you have severe osteoporosis or are recovering following a vertebral compression fracture, deeper-water exercise is preferred to reduce stress on bones and joints. Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program for osteoporosis.

Last Updated: 01/19/2007
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