Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that affects men and women, especially women beyond menopause because estrogen helps to protect bone. In osteoporosis, the bones become brittle and weak and have a greater risk of fracture. The word osteoporosis means “porous bones,” where porous essentially means “full of holes” – and that accurately describes the condition of osteoporotic bones.
Exercise Helps Prevent Osteoporosis
The exercise of the right type called “weight-bearing” or “load-bearing” exercise,” helps keep bones strong by causing the muscles and tendons to pull on the bones, which in turn stimulates bone cells to produce more bone. The load on the bones can be created by your own body weight, as in running or jogging, or by external weights like dumbbells or gym machines in a weight training program.
Excerpted from Very Well Health