Non-weightbearing exercise may increase lumbar spine bone mineral density in healthy postmenopausal women. Academic Article uri icon


  • Seven postmenopausal women exercised regularly at moderate intensities (60-80% of maximum heart rate) for eight months on bicycle ergometers. Evaluation of bone mineral density by dual photon absorptiometry revealed a significant (P < 0.01) + 3.55 +/- 1.43% (mean +/- SE) increase in lumbar spine density in the exercisers compared with the 2.44 +/- 0.81% decrease noted in seven sedentary controls. No significant difference in change in femoral neck density was noted between the two groups (+2.51 +/- 2.10% v -0.74 +/- 0.72% for exercisers and controls, respectively; P > 0.10). Dietary intake of calcium and vitamin D was similar in both groups, as was previous exposure to estrogen replacement therapy. These data provide evidence of a prospective nature that non-weightbearing exercise may be effective in reversing bone loss in healthy postmenopausal women.

published proceedings

  • Am J Phys Med Rehabil

author list (cited authors)

  • Bloomfield, S. A., Williams, N. I., Lamb, D. R., & Jackson, R. D.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Bloomfield, SA||Williams, NI||Lamb, DR||Jackson, RD

publication date

  • January 1993