National Osteoporosis Awareness Campaign

Prevention and Sport

Why is exercise important for the prevention of osteoporosis?


Many people are not fully aware of the importance of exercise for the body, and especially for bones. So, continual exercise during adolescence leads to obtaining the maximum bone density. It is true that having a proper intake of calcium is crucial for the formation of bones, but exercise is no less crucial. It is, therefore, highly recommended to exercise for at least 20-30 minutes, 3 times a week. Its influence could be summed up as follows:

  1. Exercise creates a pressure on the skeleton.
  2. This causes blood, loaded with the important nutrients for the formation and vivacity of bones, to overflow throughout the skeleton.
  3. This, in turn, generates a tiny voltage through the bone tissue, with the effect that it stimulates the growth of bones.
  4. The hormones responsible for rebuilding the bone cells are activated.


This is to be added to its benefits as regards the vivacity of the body, improvement of the blood circulation, mental and psychological state, as well as relieving pains and improving the body's functionality.


  • In case of the incidence of osteoporosis, it is advisable to consult your doctor before exercise.
  • The most useful and effective exercises are those involving strong movements of the body, such as walking, running, climbing stairs, weightlifting, tennis, climbing mountains, etc.


  • It is advisable not to swim in case of the incidence of osteoporosis, and keep away from all activities requiring bending the spine.


Last Update : 08 February 2012 04:17 PM
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