Another important component of an osteoporosis exercise program is postural and balance exercises. These exercises can help improve balance and posture, and improve movement in everyday activities. These exercises can also help to increase muscle strength and decrease the risk of falls and broken bones.
Balance exercises that help strengthen leg muscles and challenge your balance, such as Tai Chi, can decrease your risk of falls.
Posture exercises that improve your posture and reduce rounded or "sloping" shoulders can help you decrease the risk of fractures, especially in the spine.
To keep proper alignment, avoid the following positions or movements:
Improving your posture can also help to limit the amount of kyphosis, or forward curve of the upper back, that can result from broken bones in the spine. Knowing how to move, sit and stand properly can help you stay active and prevent broken bones and disability.
Having good posture is important and can help you avoid putting stress on your spine. Good posture involves keeping your head held high, chin in, shoulders back, upper back flat and lower spine arched. To practice a good standing posture:
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