Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by decreased density of the bones. They become fragile, and, eventually, can even become sponge-like. In most people, bone mass density decreases after the age 35. Among post-menopausal women, bone mass density decreases more rapidly, but osteoporosis is a condition of both men and women. In addition to the meds the doctor may have prescribed, it is very important that a person with this condition be performing the right exercises and have an understanding of their calcium and vitamin D requirements.
Research has shown that weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, hiking, and dancing, can actually reverse the effects of osteoporosis to a certain degree. Professionally designed exercise programs have improved bone mineral content more than 5%, even among postmenopausal women. This correlates with more than a 30% decreased chance of bone fracture. The problem is that exercises that are too easy-going will not have the full effect on bone mass density, and exercises that are too high impact can cause harm. This is why pretty much everyone with osteoporosis should have the benefit of a consultation with a physical therapist. They will not only make sure a person is doing the right exercises, but that the intensity of the exercises progresses in a way that will not cause harm but will continue to create stronger bones.