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Can you build bone density by swimming?
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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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One of the biggest determinants of bone mineral density is lean body mass.
Exercise is important for building lean body mass. Exercise is also important for putting load on your bones. This load is important for bone mass as bone strengthens as stresses are put upon it. Weight-bearing physical activity such as walking or running is better for building/ maintaining bone than non-weight-bearing activities such as swimming.

In brief: Some not much
One of the biggest determinants of bone mineral density is lean body mass.
Exercise is important for building lean body mass. Exercise is also important for putting load on your bones. This load is important for bone mass as bone strengthens as stresses are put upon it. Weight-bearing physical activity such as walking or running is better for building/ maintaining bone than non-weight-bearing activities such as swimming.
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: No
Swimming is a good aerobic exercise however, for bone weight bearing or resistance exercise is necessary.

In brief: No
Swimming is a good aerobic exercise however, for bone weight bearing or resistance exercise is necessary.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang
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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Swimming can have modest effects on bone density in the it can increase lean body mass. The more muscle mass you have the higher the more bone you will put down.
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