What Is a Weight-Bearing Exercise?

What Is a Weight-Bearing Exercise

If your elderly loved one has osteoporosis, their doctor may have recommended something known as weight-bearing exercises in order to strengthen their bones and muscles. But if you’re not familiar with the term, it might be confusing. Always make sure that your loved one’s doctor clears your loved one for exercise before they begin a new exercise plan.

What Is a Weight-Bearing Exercise?

Weight-bearing exercises are activities that your loved one does while they are standing that allow them to hold their own weight and work against gravity to move and to exert themselves. Your loved one’s own weight becomes the tool they use to become stronger.

Benefits of Weight-Bearing Exercises

Build Bones and Muscles: This type of exercise is excellent for strengthening muscles, but also for strengthening bones.

Help Prevent Health Issues: Engaging in regular weight-bearing exercises can be excellent for combatting osteoporosis, but it’s also a good choice if your loved one has other health issues. A loved one who is overweight or who has arthritis, for example, can benefit greatly from weight-bearing exercise.

Lower Cholesterol or Blood Pressure: Your loved one might also want to try weight-bearing exercise if they are trying to lower cholesterol or blood pressure.

Examples of Weight-Bearing Exercises

At first you might be a little confused about what kinds of exercises qualify as weight bearing. Anything that involves your loved one walking or standing can be considered a weight-bearing exercise, including sports.

Some examples of weight-bearing exercises include:
– Walking
– Jogging
– Aerobics
– Basketball
– Tennis

Look at the activities that your loved one already enjoys and see if there is a way to add more standing or walking to the activity to help increase your loved one’s weight-bearing activities.

Other Non-Weight-Bearing Exercises

There may be plenty of other exercises that your loved one enjoys, but that aren’t considered to be weight-bearing exercises.

Some of these might include:
– Horseback Riding
– Bicycling
– Swimming

These exercises are still beneficial for your loved one, especially if recommended by their doctor, but they may not be what your loved one needs in order to strengthen muscles and joints. In this case, you may want to add more weight-bearing exercises to their existing exercise plan.

Once you have a routine worked out for your loved one to engage in regular weight-bearing exercise, their homecare providers and other family members can help you to keep everything on track.

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