Health A-Z

Weight-Bearing Exercise

Clinical Definition

Family practice, Internal medicine, Orthopedics

In Our Own Words

Weight-bearing exercise can be low-impact, such as stair-step machines, or high-impact, such as running. Bearing weight helps build strong bones and reduces the risk of osteoporosis, the ”brittle bone” disease that can affect both men and women as they age.  Weight-bearing exercise can also improve joint cartilage health and helps with weight control, and that can lighten the load on your joints. Thirty minutes or more most days of the week are recommended. Those who are sedentary should check in with their doctor before starting any exercise program.

Symptoms and Side Effects

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