Simple question. Well… maybe not. I’m sure we’ve all asked this, at one time or another – hoping the answer would be yes. Because it would be great if walking were good for osteoporosis. Walking is easy. It doesn’t require you to spend any money, or wear special clothes. Heck, you don’t even need to work up a sweat if you don’t feel like it. Plus oftentimes a walk means special time with a friend, pretty scenery, and breathing good, fresh air. Walking has a lot of things going for it. But unfortunately, strengthening your osteoporosis-weakened bones isn’t one of them. Hold on, now, before you sigh and stop reading. I said walking won’t improve your bone density. If you’re already in osteoporosis, and looking to repair your bones, walking won’t do it. But walking WILL prevent further bone thinning; a good program of walking will help maintain your present bone density. Which is crucial, when you’re fighting to keep tho...
Walking is the exercise of choice for most people, especially when we would rather be outdoors than in a gym. Walking is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease, the biggest problem that those of us who have diabetes face.
If all we want to do is strengthen our lower body, we need only comfortable clothes and supportive footwear. But walking does little or nothing to strengthen the muscles of our upper body.
Unless we walk with poles, like Ken Mundt does. "The advantage is that I get a whole upper body workout," he told me when I called him at his home in Seattle. "My chest muscles get a good workout, because I don't slam my poles. I place them, and then I push." Ken is now 58. Five years ago when a doctor told him that he has type 2 diabetes, he started a regular pole walking program. Every day during the week he walks between five and six miles with his Exerstrider poles. On Saturday he walks eight miles and takes off on Sunday.
Ken Mundt Strides with his Walk...
Walking and health
Health and walking; Mild exercise; Exercise - is walking worthwhile
Regular exercise -- including walking
-- decreases your risk of death, heart attacks,
stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers,
osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, and obesity. It also
improves overall health, helps osteoarthritis and
diabetes, boosts HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and
If you do not have any medical conditions
that might make walking harmful to you (such
as being likely to fall or having active
heart disease), walking is an excellent, inexpensive
form of exercise. You should always check with your
medical provider before you begin any new form of
Thirty minutes of physical activity (walking or
other) on most days is recommended by the Surgeon
General. A brisk 30-minute walk burns about 200
calories. Walking slowly for 30 minutes uses 100
calories. Even making a few minor changes, such as
parking farther from wor...
You should knowAnswers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.