The available research supports the use of low to moderate intensity exercise to help control the symptoms of IBD and to improve quality of life. Unfortunately, there is no simple formula to determine how much exercise is enough for someone living with IBD. Walking programs, moderate running, weight training and similar exercise regimens are likely to have a therapeutic benefit. More strenuous activities, such as long-distance running or endurance sports, may prove to be too much for some patients with IBD.
All of us are unique, and the way one person’s body responds to exercise may be different than another’s. Some may be able to tolerate more strenuous exercise and feel perfectly fine. We highly recommend discussing any potential exercise program with your doctor, as he or she will be able to advise you on an appropriate starting point.
After you begin your exercise program, pay close attention to what your body is telling you. If it feels like you are pushing your body too hard, you probably are. Scale back your routine and see if your condition improves.
Always talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. They can help you plan a safe routine and ensure you aren’t overdoing it. Besides the obvious strain exercise places on the individual with IBD, there is an inherent risk of bodily injury with some movements.
Your doctor will be able to properly instruct you on the correct way to perform various exercises. Make sure to tell your doctor about any previous injuries you have had, or any additional diseases you may be suffering from. All of these factors can play a role in the selection of a practical, safe, and effective workout routine.
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