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Health Tip: Opt for Weight-Bearing Exercises

They can help build bone health

(HealthDay News) -- Weight-bearing exercises are important, especially for girls and women who want to build bone strength and prevent osteoporosis later.

Weight-bearing exercises are done standing up and make the bones and muscles work against gravity.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these examples of good weight-bearing exercises:

  • Fast-paced walking, running or jogging, or going for a hike.
  • Gardening or cutting the grass with a push mower.
  • Team sports, such as basketball, soccer and baseball.
  • Racquet sports, such as tennis.
  • Aerobics or dance classes.
  • Bowling, karate or judo, skating or skiing.
  • Lifting weights or climbing stairs.
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