There are many different types of exercises and all of them offer health benefits.
Weight-bearing describes any activity you do on your feet that works your bones and muscles against gravity. When your feet and legs carry your body weight, more stress is placed on your bones, making your bones work harder.
Examples of weight-bearing exercise include:
- Brisk walking and hiking
- Jumping rope
- Team sports, such as basketball and soccer
- Stair climbing
Higher impact activities, such as jogging and jumping rope, increase the weight on bones and provide more bone-strengthening benefits. However, people who are frail or who have already been diagnosed with thinning bone should talk to their doctors about the types of physical activity that would be best for them.