By Dr. David Musnick, MD
Maintaining good bone density is very important at any age, but it is especially important after age 50. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but it is much more common in women because of declining estrogen levels before and after menopause. When bone density is low, a simple fall can result in fractures of the hip, back or wrist. The good news is you can maintain—and even improve—bone density with impact loading exercise for your hips, spine and arms.
Impact loading exercise simply means any exercise that requires you to support your own body weight, including walking, aerobics or weightlifting. This type of exercise will cause a stress on the bone that leads to remodeling and a maintenance or improvement of density. In addition, certain types of exercise can improve your balance and make falling, and thus fractures, a little less likely.