Exercise for people with osteoporosis
Encourage people with osteoporosis to exercise by explaining that it can:
- build muscle strength and endurance
- improve balance and stability
- increase mobility and quality of life
- prevent falls.1
Check that people have an adequate calcium and vitamin D status; this is necessary for the achieving maximal benefits from exercise.
Explain that regular low-impact weight-bearing exercise combined with high-intensity strength (resistance) training conserves bone mineral density. 2,3
However, there is no clear evidence for a direct effect of exercise in preventing fractures.
Strength and balance training – alone or as part of a multifaceted falls prevention program – reduces falls risk. 4,5
A physiotherapist or exercise physiologist can create a program specific to the person’s needs, abilities and interests. 6