Table 7-6Weight-Bearing Exercise for Kids and Teens

Exercise helps build bone and weight-bearing exercise is particularly helpful in this task. Weight-bearing exercise includes any activity in which your feet and legs carry your own weight. Here are some examples of weight-bearing exercise that can help you build strong bones:
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Jumping rope
  • Dancing
  • Climbing stairs
  • Jogging
  • Aerobic dancing
  • Hiking
  • Inline skating/ice skating
  • Racquet sports, such as tennis or racquetball
  • Team sports such as soccer, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, and softball or baseball

Source: NICHD 2004.

From: 7, Lifestyle Approaches to Promote Bone Health

Cover of Bone Health and Osteoporosis
Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General.
Office of the Surgeon General (US).
Rockville (MD): Office of the Surgeon General (US); 2004.

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