Our expert says:
Cycling is not generally considered a weight bearing exercise, but in your case, if your conditions is severe enough to limit walking, then it would a suitable substitute. Generally, when people talk of weight bearing, they speak of walking and jogging. However, cycling will involve some force on the bones, because every time you push down on the pedals, there is some force, which is lower than that of walking, and hence more suitable for you. I would not set aside walking and running completely however, you can look into medical treatments for ostopaenia (which you may have done, though this has a limited effect at best) but also remember that as your muscles get stronger from cycling, your bones also develop strength and so it may be that in months to come, you can do some walking. My advice will be to walk as often as possible, but only in very short stints. If your pain comes on after 5 minutes, then walk 4 minutes, cycle the rest, and over time, you will find that the pain only kicks in later.
As for other exercises, aqua running and aerobics involve very little impact and may also be suitable, and if you are at the gym, look into this option.
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