- Platform tennis - aka paddle tennis. This is a cool season sport, played from October through March in northern states. Like other racket sports, it involves jumping and other weight bearing exercise and studies have shown that playing racket sports can increase bone density. Here's a video explaining more about the game.
3. Walking or hiking with a backpack. Fall is a great time to get out and walk in the woods or even in your neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful colors and cool air. If you weigh less than 127 pounds, it's important to carry some extra weight, either with a weighted vest or backpack, if you want your walk to strengthen your bones.
4. Tai Chi. This gentle exercise can be performed at any age and has been shown to slow bone loss in older adults.
5. Dancing. Whether you enjoy meeting friends at the local bar for country line dance lessons, or taking a ballroom dance class or simply turning up the music at home to dance when no one is watching, it's a great exercise for keeping your bones strong, and for most people, a lot more fun than working out in a gym.