Is Pilates a weight-bearing exercise?
Asked by cgodbolt on Nov 18, 2010
in Weight Loss
I have some bone loss due to osteopenia. I workout at least 3x weekly with "The Firm" tapes, however was told I needed to walk, jog, run or some other form of weight bearing exercise. I'm 56 years old.
"Weight–bearing" exercises strengthen the bones. Pilates is only mildly weight bearing but it is excellent for strengthening the muscles of the "core" the total body and for flexibility. Weight-bearing exercises are usually done standing. They force you to support your weight against the force of gravity. Walking, dancing and climbing stairs are weight-bearing exercises but, even better, are running and jumping, because the bone is "loaded" to exert pressure against the force. But note: exercises done on the hands and knees force the body to bear the weight of the trunk and that strengthens the wrists, a vulnerable spot for fractures when bones are thin.