- Question from Gail: Is swimming, as an exercise, good for building bones even though it is not a weight bearing exercise?
- Answers - Charles Shapiro Yes. Swimming, even though it's not weight bearing, does create resistance and is an excellent choice of exercise.
- Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. Swimming really helps you maintain your muscle tone and your sense of balance. The stronger you are and the better your sense of balance, the less likely you will be to fall and experience an injury that could be associated with a bone fracture.
On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Keeping Your Bones Strong. Charles L. Shapiro, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about how to measure the strength of your bones, how to find out your risk for osteoporosis, and what you can do to lower that risk.
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