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Nutrition and Exercise

Exercising with IBD

  • By Stephanie Huston Keymaster

    Exercise is good for us – no question there. But when you’re managing a chronic illness like IBD, exercising is easier said than done. What tips or tricks do you have for exercising with IBD?

  • By David

    I find the most important thing to do is stick to a routine which in itself is a challenge and then make sure that exercise is simple a part of that daily routine. I plan ahead, have things ready and try not to think about it. If I do, I usually convince myself I’m too tired or feeling sick. I just have to do it without thinking about it before hand. The second thing I am finding helps is having some goals. I have to control my competitive nature at the risk of being disappointed, but planning some short races or short triathlons with my wife and children adds some peer pressure.

    Obviously, planning ahead for possible accidents (diet, extra clothing, etc.) of my crohn;s and ostomy adds extra pressure or forethought, but it is better than the alternative.

    This is what works for me.

  • By Brooke Abbott Moderator

    Try taking a walk everyday or every other day. Doesn’t have to be long or strenuous. Just get out and get some fresh air. Also try stretching in the morning and evening inside your home. You can also try, Restorative Yoga. Start off slow with whatever you do, and move up slowly as your body adjusts. And remember to adjust with how you feel or if you are flaring.


  • By Julie Marie Palumbo Moderator

    Hey Stephanie!

    When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, I continued my workouts as I had prior to being diagnosed but soon had to make changes due to limitations.

    One of the best things I did was switch from high-intensity workouts (running, heavy weight lifting, spinning) to low-impact workouts like Pilates, Yoga, and Barre.

    The benefit of low-impact workouts is that there is less pressure on your joints and body, and you get the mind-body benefit from workouts such as yoga which is helpful when managing stress. These workouts will also help tone muscle and work your core without completely burning you out like high-intensity workouts do.

    I also only work out 3-4 days per week to give my body the rest it needs in order to fully recover 🙂

    Hope this helps!
    –Julie ( Team Member)