To keep your bones strong and healthy it is important to maintain a healthy weight, eat a nutritious diet and get regular physical activity.

Strength exercises that also work on your flexibility and balance are especially good for building up your bones and muscle mass. This can help to reduce your likelihood of experiencing falls and fractures.

To find out more read the Ageing - muscles bones and joints page on the Better Health Channel.

If you already have a condition like arthritis, exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing. However, there are many exercises you can safely do that will help ease your pain and improve your energy levels.

For example, swimming or aqua aerobics are great for arthritis because the water supports you, relieving pressure from your joints. Tai chi has also been shown to help reduce pain and stiffness while improving your muscle strength, posture and balance.

You could do exercises at home along to a DVD, or you could take advantage of some of Boroondara's excellent pools, gyms, clubs and community centres, many of which offer exercise classes especially designed for seniors.

Make sure you see your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

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Find more health information

You can use the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel tool below to find quality assured, reliable, up to date and easy to understand health information on bones muscles and joints.*

*The Better Health Channel website is managed and authorised by the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia. The site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.

Content on the City of Boroondara website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. This information is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional.

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If your situation is an emergency, you should always call 000 or go to an emergency department at a hospital.

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