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Is walking good for bone density?
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Any weight bearing exercise has been shown to preserve bone density.
Walking is good, but activities like water aerobics & swimming are non-weight bearing and will not help bone health. One of the problems astronauts face is bone density reduction because of prolonged weightlessness. Look for activities that get you up on your feet-golf, dancing, tennis are a few to keep your bones healthy.

In brief: Yes
Any weight bearing exercise has been shown to preserve bone density.
Walking is good, but activities like water aerobics & swimming are non-weight bearing and will not help bone health. One of the problems astronauts face is bone density reduction because of prolonged weightlessness. Look for activities that get you up on your feet-golf, dancing, tennis are a few to keep your bones healthy.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Sort of...
Technically speaking, weight bearing exercise is best for improving bone density and walking, while great for ,any other reasons, is not a weight bearing exercise.

In brief: Sort of...
Technically speaking, weight bearing exercise is best for improving bone density and walking, while great for ,any other reasons, is not a weight bearing exercise.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
In brief: Yes
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: Yes
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.
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