Chronic illnesses of the GI tract often involve dramatic periods of flares and remissions. Exercising with Crohn’s or colitis necessitates recognizing and honoring these cycles.
One of the most important benefits of exercise in Crohn’s and colitis warriors is its effect on bone density. Weight-bearing aerobic exercise and strength training may be essential in the prevention of osteoporosis and osteopenia. Specific recommendations for resistance training may be found in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis article published here.
A primary caution against exercise in Crohn’s and colitis warriors is an increase in intestinal permeability. Because of this, Badasses at the start of their fitness journeys might find that cycling or walking is more appropriate than running. That said, a number of Badasses in our community are running long distances with Crohn’s or colitis.
Crohn’s and Colitis Australia has this brilliant piece of advice: Scale your activity. “Learn what you are capable of when in remission, when experiencing low to mid-level symptoms, and when in full-on flare mode.” During a flare, you might appreciate walking and low-impact exercise, while you can turn up the heat and make gains on days you feel better.
Beverly Smith, a Badass with colitis, offers coaching services. You can learn more about working with her here.
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