The rowing machine is not as popular as it used to be. I remember seeing people work out on the rowing machine in preparation for competitive racing. It is not a great weight bearing exercise for osteoporosis, but it provides a good cardio workout and, when performed correctly, does reinforce movement from the hip and knees rather than the spine. I demonstrate the guidelines in this video.
I encourage you to incorporate the elliptical trainer machine into your weight bearing exercise program. However, pay attention to your alignment as you use the elliptical and you will enjoy many years of safe bone building. To learn more about a comprehensive exercise program for osteoporosis, I encourage you to consider my MelioGuide Exercise for Better Bones program.
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