Osteoporosis Exercises to Avoid

Crunches

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Osteoporosis Exercises to Avoid

Crunches are an exercise to avoid if you have osteoporosis, osteopenia or low bone density.

Traditional “crunches” (also known as sit-ups) are popular with most exercise programs for development and strengthening of the abdominal muscles.  There are many variations of the crunch.  The illustrations to the right demonstrate two of the many variations.

Due to the risk associated with vertebral fractures, this exercise is not advised for people with low bone density or osteoporosis.

There are many other exercises you can do to strengthen your abdominal muscles that are safe and do not place your spine at risk.  These are covered in the Strength Exercises section in each of the exercise program Levels.

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