Calorie and Energy Expenditure Information
Guidelines and Advice About Weight-Bearing Exercise

Best Exercise to Work Bones and Muscles Against Gravity to Improve Bone & Muscle Strength
Support Weight on Legs to Get Fit, Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis and Increase Joint Strength
Weight-Bearing Exercises

Fitness Benefits of Weight-Bearing Exercise
Resistance Exercise - Weight-Training - Strength-Training
Plyometrics - Stepping - Jumping Rope - Walking - Jogging - Running

Calories Advice - Calories in Food


Weight-Bearing Exercise Fitness Workout

Weight-Bearing Exercise

What is Weight-Bearing Exercise?

Exercise that works your bones and muscles against gravity is called weight-bearing exercise. Put simply, if your body weight is entirely supported by your legs and feet during an exercise workout, then it's a weight-bearing workout.

Weight-Bearing vs. Non Weight-Bearing Exercises

Fitness routines like walking, jogging, running, stepping, tennis, football, skiing and skating are all weight bearing routines. When you perform any of this exercise, your body weight rests on your legs and feet. Examples of non weight-bearing exercise include: cycling (weight supported by bike), rowing (weight supported by rowing-seat), and swimming (weight supported by water).

What are the Benefits of Weight-Bearing Workouts?

Exercise in which you support the weight of your own body helps keep your bones strong. This is because your bones and surrounding joints/muscles are gradually strengthened by weight imposed on them. Fitness experts have long advised women to engage in aerobic, weight-bearing exercise to increase their bone mass and mineral density in order to prevent the osteoporosis that can follow menopause. Osteoporosis is largely preventable if you get enough weight-bearing exercise when you’re young and stay active as you get older.

What are the Drawbacks of Weight-Bearing Workouts?

In general, some weight-bearing exercise is essential for any exercise program. However, if you are very overweight, your doctor may advise you to restrict your physical fitness workouts to non-weight-bearing activity, until you feel strong enough to progress, in order to reduce the risk of injury.

Other Types of Resistance Exercise

Another way of strengthening your bones, as well as joints, tendons, ligaments and connecting muscle tissue, is to include resistance training as part of your fitness program. Resistance exercise, also called strength training, involves working the muscles against a form of resistance - usually a weight, although it also includes resistance offered by (say) an increased incline during walking, or bicycle pedals. By lifting weights, or increasing the difficulty level on an exercise-bike, you are forcing the muscles (and bones) to work harder. This helps to improve strength in the tissue and body areas affected. Resistance exercise that aims to make muscles and bones stronger is sometimes referred to as 'bone-loading'.

Back to Advice About Exercise and Fitness Programs

Calorie Intake

For information about the calorie content of popular food and drinks, please visit: Calories in Food

Back to Top

Energy Expenditure and Calorie-Burning

Exercise Advice to Burn Calories - Activity Calorie Calculators - Aerobic Exercise Advice - Anaerobic Exercise - Basal Metabolic Rate - Best Exercise During Pregnancy - Best Exercise Advice - Best Exercise for Weight Loss - Best Exercises - Best Time to Exercise - Body Composition and Fitness - Calories and Exercise - Energy Burned by Exercise - Walking - Calories Burned Jogging - Running - Calories Burned Treadmill - Biking - Elliptical Trainers - Calories Burned Pilates - Cardio Exercise Health Benefits - Exercise Equipment Review - Exercise Intensity Advice - Exercise Program 60 Min - Exercise for Bigger Muscles - Exercise Programs to Burn Fat - Exercise to Build Muscle - Exercise for Flat Stomach - Exercise to Lose Body Fat - Exercise to Lose Weight - Exercise Workout Advice - Exercise to Raise Metabolic Rate - Exercise Program for Obesity - Exercise Workouts to Reduce Weight - Fitness Health Guide - Fitness Guidelines - Fitness Workout Guide - Exercise Heart Rate Advice - How Long to Exercise - How Many Calories to Burn in Training - How Often to Exercise - Strength-Training Benefits

Information About Calories and Energy Equation

List of Calories in Food - Definition of Calorie - Definition of Kilocalories (kcals) - Calorie Needs to Maintain Weight - Calorie Needs for Children - Calorie Needs for Teenagers - Calorie Intake per Day - Calorie Intake and Age - Calorie Intake/ Expenditure - Calories in One Pound of Body Fat - Weight Loss Diets - Weight Loss and Calories - Calorie-Counting to Lose Weight - Calories Needed to Lose Weight - Calories and Weight Control

Calorie-Counter.net provides general information about how to burn calories, what type of exercise workout is best for calorie burning, what fitness training is best to raise metabolic rate and how to achieve your weight loss goals through training workouts. Copyright 2002-2017.