How can I prevent osteoporosis?
Hello, I am a healthy middle-aged woman. Is running or jogging better for increasing bone density than weight-training is? I thought you had to stress the bone somewhat but I am also concerned about OVER-stressing my knees and ankles. A trainer at a gym told me that lifting weights is what helps prevent osteoporosis. I'm very small and small-boned and it concerns me; I've broken bones in the past. Can you suggest what could be the best to prevent osteoporosis?
@itishaa-nagar Hello ma'am, Yes, studies have shown that high-impact exercise increases bone mineral density, especially in young women as they reach their peak bone mass usually in their 20s. Jogging can increase your risk of foot, ankle, knee, and hip problems. So if you plan to start a jogging program, I would recommend 5 weeks of leg strengthening and stretch before starting to run. Also, you should be able to walk at least the same time or distance you plan to run. smaller framed women tend to become osteoporotic more than heavier women. The exact mechanism is unknown. Also, taking the right diet can also help I preventing it. Thanks!