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Health Q&A with Dr Rist: exercise with osteoporosisCreated by Charlotte in Being You, Health and fitness, Q&A's
Sometimes we like to help provide you with advice for other areas of your life – not just being a grandmother, unhealthy so have invited Dr Susannah Rist, doctor to do series of Q&A sessions with you on different health topics.
Dr Susannah Rist MBChB, anabolics BSc(Hons), MRCGP, DRCOG qualified in 2003 from Bristol University Medical School. She initially trained to be a hospital doctor, working in various medical specialities including cardiology, respiratory medicine and care of the elderly. She also worked in A&E for a year dealing with emergency cases and then decided to switch to general practice and has enjoyed working as a GP for 5 years. She currently works in a busy practice in London.
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A: It is helpful to do both weight bearing exercise and resistance exercise to prevent osteoporosis from deteriorating.
Weight bearing exercise means any exercise where your feet and legs support your weight. This might include running, jogging, brisk walking, dancing, aerobics or skipping. These activities create denser bones.
Resistance training involves doing exercises to increase the strength of the muscles to support your skeleton well eg lifting weights, press ups, exercises where you are engaging your muscles to strengthen them.
It is important to exercise only within your own limitations and make sure if you use a gym, you let them know you have osteoporosis so that they can advise you on exercises that will help and those to avoid.
by Dr Susannah Rist