Walk Your Way to a Slimmer Fit

Walking and Osteoporosis

Attention, especially ladies!--Is walking good for those with osteoporosis?

Definitely, osteoporosis needs exercise. The bones will only strengthen with nutrition and use.

However, first things first. It's always safe to consult with your bone doctor first, especially if you already have osteoporosis, and more so if it's advanced. If he or she gives the go signal, then start your walking exercise. And always do it gently and gradually. Make sure you enjoy it.

Some experts say walking is good for those with osteoporosis and have not exercised. It's a good start. For bone strength, exercise is needed, especially exercises with impact and weight bearing in nature. Walking is an excellent start--but it's not enough. When you get used to the impact and weight bearing nature, the bones may not benefit that much anymore.

To benefit more from walking, do brisk walks and mix it with some jumps and runs and jogs. Do it gently first, even if you're a young person but just embarking on an exercise regimen. The brisk walk, jump, and run give impact and weight bearing features. The pressure created by this exercise will force the bones to respond by building more bones. This is very good for osteoporosis prevention. And this is the beauty of God's osteological wonders. Bones continue to grow and replace as they experience weighted impacts on them. 

For osteoporosis that already causes bone loss, walking doesn't seem to effect any benefit, says experts. It cannot recover bone mass already gone from bone loss. However, it helps a lot in preserving bone density that is already there. Thus, those with osteoporosis problems need to brisk walk, not for healing, but to preserve the bone mass they have.

Here are some tips on brisk walking for bone exercise:

1. Always gently twist your trunk when brisk walking and move your shoulders with your trunk. It's like over emphasizing your natural walk. This is relaxing to the spine.

2. Gently hop now and then.

3. Gently stretch by lifting your arms in front as if trying to reach something above you. 

4. When walking or jogging, don't drag your weight but lift your body from leg to leg--like a galloping action.

5.  Don't forget your stretches before and after, or even in between walking.