Running is an excellent way to build bone strength and prevent osteoporosis. However, to improve the effectiveness of your run on your bone health, you should vary your running routine with steps that increase impact and change the loading patterns. Studies have shown that sprinters have stronger bones than distance runners. The three alternative steps demonstrated in this video are bounding, high knees and skipping. You can incorporate them into your warm up or include them as part of a run to keep your bones guessing! Short distance running is an excellent exercise choice for people at risk of osteoporosis. Have fun!
About Margaret Martin
Margaret Martin is a Physiotherapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Certified Yoga Teacher with over 30 years of experience helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. She is the author of three books: Exercise for Better Bones, Strengthen Your Core, and Yoga for Better Bones, and two professional education courses, Building Better Bones and Building a Stronger Core. Margaret owns Function to Fitness Physiotherapy in Ottawa.