Posted by: judy carter | 2010/05/27

osteopenia (hip)

what exercises can I do to increase bone density of hip?

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HI Judy

The best are exercises that involve loading on the bone. It responds to loading by becoming denser (or, rather, it helps prevent a decline) and also your balance and co-ordination improve.

So things like walking are the best. Depending what your density is, it might be risky to go straight into too much walking, so you need to be careful. best to start very slow.

If you are at a gym, then it also really helps to do some weight training, because then you strengthen the bone and muscle through loading. So things like body weight lunges, squats and so forth help. Again, the important thing is to not overload, so just be very careful on this, otherwise you can worsen it.

Good luck

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