Weight bearing exercise is any exercise in which you support your own body. It can also be exercise in which you lift weights of various sizes. Weight bearing exercise, also known as strength training or resistance training is essential to maintaining healthy bones and muscles as we age.
Walking is a great weight bearing exercise. It requires no equipment and helps reduce risk of diabetes, strengthens muscles, improves cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and helps one lose weight.
Tai Chi is a slow, meditative movement routine which helps maintain strength, balance and soothes the nerves.
Yoga is exercise for both the mind and the body. It improves strength, balance and enables one to target a certain body area for toning.
Racquet Sports are wonderful for building coordination, balance, strength and muscle tone. They are good cardio exercise as well.
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