Julie says: There are lots of things you can do to help reduce your risk, starting with weight-bearing exercise. As you walk, each time your heel strikes the ground it jolts your skeleton, which can encourage bone growth - even walking up and down stairs can help.
Dancing, playing tennis, or using weights will help to boost your bones; find something you enjoy doing and do it regulaly. Aim for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.
Remember to strengthen your wrists too; try standing push-ups against a wall. Stand with feet hip-width apart about 2ft from a wall at shoulder level and shoulder-width apart. Bend your arms at the elbow to lower your body toward the wall then push back up by straightening your arms.
Get plenty of calcium and boost your levels of Vitimin D by getting out in the sunshine for 15 minutes when your shadow is shorter than you are.
For more advice call The National Osteoporosis Society on 0845 450 0230 or visit www.nos.org.uk
- Julies Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450
- Send questions to Julie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org