Bone health: How exercise helps strengthen bones

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Learn what exercises are best to help make your child's bones stronger.

Key points

  • ​Weight-bearing exercise helps your child's bones to become stronger.
  • Examples of good weight-bearing exercises include fast walking, skipping, jogging, hiking or climbing stairs.
  • If a child has poor bone health, they should avoid activities that carry a high risk of falls or injuries such as skating, hockey or rugby.
  • Ask your child's doctor or nurse about what kind of activity your child should do and if they might need specific exercises.
Last updated: December 18th 2013