important thing is to talk to a doctor before hopping into a new fitness routine to get the green light.
Health professionals recommend Crohn’s patients skip the high-intensity workouts and opt for low and no-impact exercises. It’s also recommended that Crohn’s patients avoid heavy meals (and are aware of the nearest bathroom) before physical activity, leaving at least a couple hours between eating and exercising. By opting for the right exercises and modalities, patients can experience reduced stress levels and overall better quality of life.
Once diagnosed, patients are prescribed medications that can help with inflammation and discomfort. This, in combination with a recommended exercise program, may actually send a patient into remission given the severity of that person’s case.
With any illness, it seems that exercise helps to cut sickness rate or shortens the period during which we may be sick. And although fitness is not a magical pill for Crohn’s disease, it’s no different here.
Strength training can help improve bone density in Crohn’s patients who have experienced osteopenia or osteoporosis. If your doctor gives the green light for strength training, you can find a trainer, preferably one familiar with Crohn’s disease, and program a personalized fitness routine to help improve bone density, muscle strength, overall stamina, and stress relief.