Chron's Disease Fitness Tips

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Chron's Disease Fitness Tips

Heidi Kosakowski

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS important for everyone, but it has special benefits for people with Crohn’s disease. Research shows that when you exercise, your muscles release anti-inflammatory chemicals that reduce gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. Activity also combats musculoskeletal complications of Crohn’s, including bone loss, joint pain, and posture issues, while easing stress, says Heidi Kosakowski, Ph.D., senior practice specialist with the American Physical Therapy Association in Alexandria, VA. These are a few Crohn’s-specific tips you’ll want to keep in mind for your fitness journey.

Ryan Hodgkinson

Pick Crohn’s-Friendly Moves You Actually Like

The best workout will depend on what you enjoy and what agrees with your body, says Ryan Hodgkinson, a certified personal trainer in Arlington, VA, who has Crohn’s. Hodgkinson favors Pilates; walking, yoga, and cycling are also great choices (low-impact exercises are gentler on the GI tract). Weight-bearing exercises are important for reducing the risk of osteoporosis and muscle loss, both potential complications of the disease, Kosakowski says. No matter your workout type, these tips will help you stay comfortable, confident, and fit.

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Original Article Posted on: April 5, 2021

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