Swimming good for building bones?

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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 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.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Keeping Your Bones Strong featured Charles L. Shapiro, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering 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.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in August 2002.

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