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May 22

Some adjuvant drug therapies for various cancers may increase bone loss, sometimes at an alarming rate. This bone loss causes the bones to become brittle and more likely to break. Broken bones mean pain, immobility, and loss of independence.

 

Weight-bearing exercise can help to maintain bone density. In addition, exercise can improve your balance and strength, which can help you prevent falls that could result in fractures.

 

Any exercise in which you have to work against gravity is weight-bearing. Walking is a good weight-bearing exercise, but it is only weight-bearing for your lower body. Because we get a fair amount of weight-bearing exercise for the lower body during the normal course of a day, it’s important to put some focus on the upper body during your weight training. Try to do some weight training 2-3 times per week.

 

Please visit Fitness for Survivors, the Life-Cise blog, for more weight training tips.

 

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