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heavly
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   Posted 3/22/2008 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sick and tired of weighing under 100 lbs and decided to try to be more proactive about it. I joined a gym.

I investigated many gyms in the area and finally found one that I felt would be best, and most affordable. It also included 3 free trainer sessions - which is cool, get me back into the gym scene and not be intimidated.

So I have heard that we shouldn't put our bodies under a lot of stress, work out too hard.. but I've also heard that working out would help me feel better.. so I have to admit I'm a little hesitant to go full steam ahead! My first session was Thursday - unfortunately that day I felt nauseous most of the day, so the work out was a little less than fun. I'm proud of myself for pushing through and the trainer was nice and understanding to let me take my time. I did every goal she set for me that day. I felt pretty good (despite the nausea) and have since then. A little stomach pain but the nausea has finally subsided. I have a doctors appointment on Tuesday, where I will discuss this with him, and also he is going to refer me to a nutritionist. I have lots of questions I feel would be best answered by a professional - at this time.. we'll see..

I'm wondering if anyone works out or has tried to, and your opinions etc. Thanks!

and - Happy Easter!
25 yrs - female : diagnosed with Crohn's 11/29/07

"i believe - you can keep going long after you can't"


pb4
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   Posted 3/22/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been actively working out with weights and cardio for the last 6 yrs...start slow and build up...if you happen to flare, tone it down some but don't quit completely, instead, go to yoga or pilates type of workout, infact you can start with either (or both) until you feel you are able to get into weight-training.

Exercise is a huge benefit for the bowels to function normally, but with having a bowel disease it's important not to over-do it and to work yourself in to more excertion....it also does wonders for health in general, especially the mind....I sleep so well at night and generally have more energy from workingout compared to not.

I've had crohns for 17 yrs straight with no full remission, but along with my regime (natural products and eating whole foods only, nothing processed) and regular exercise, my flare has gone from severe to mild/moderate for the last 5 yrs....remember, I've been working out regularly for 6 yrs now.

If there's a pool facility at this gym you're going to, aquasize is a great routine too.

Weight-bearing exercises will hugely help with less chance of suffering from osteo and arthritis as well...something IBDers are prone to and luckily I'm one that does not suffer with either of those extraintestinal manifestations.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 3/23/2008 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
my workouts consist of tai chi, surfing and weight training. occasionally i'll do yoga or go for a long walk/hike. i surf when the waves are good. i hit the gym twice a week. i do tai chi 3-5 x week (this includes sparring). i do zero cardio and yet the nurses are amazed that my pulse and blood pressure are super low. i hit the gym first thing in the morning.

if working back into it or just beginning, take things very slow! your body isnt used to the movements and strain. it is very easy to over do it and hurt yourself. it isnt about how much weight you do. pay attention to proper form so you dont hurt yourself and you can maximize your workout. you dont need to be in the gym for hours on end. i spend 30-40 min when i am there. the secret is anaerobic training. your muscles respond the best to that. so do a set then rest 30-60 seconds and do the next set (rest time depends on what your goals are and how much weight you are pushing, etc etc). i get a fantastic workout and in a years time i've been able to put on 20 lbs (15 more to go). yoga, pilates, tai chi, and swimming are great alternatives to throwing the weights around. dont be fooled - these are hard core workouts! worse comes to worse, start out with walks. walking is one of the best and most over looked forms of exercise.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


lilturbo
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   Posted 3/23/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Working out has definitely helped me out! After bad flares I usually have to start from scratch again but usually bounce back okay. My doc told me I can do whatever I want as long as I listen to my body. I have done some of the longest workouts I've ever done in my life while I've had Crohn's and feel that it has helped my condition immensely.

I am just now getting over a pretty severe flare that knocked me out for over a month, so am now starting from the "scratch phase." I also started doing yoga and pilates. I do gentle/restorative or bliss yoga, which is very relaxing and meditative. When I work out I just imagine that I am "killing my Crohns" by sweating it out! There have been days that I have not felt like working out but I forced myself too, and am usually glad that I did, b/c I would feel better afterwards. Good luck with working out, it'll pay off both mentally and physically!
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heavly
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   Posted 3/23/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow - great!! Now I am very excited to continue with my work out sessions!!

I've never done yoga or pilates but I believe the gym I joined offers classes.. I will definitely look into it!!

Tomorrow is session two! :)
25 yrs - female : diagnosed with Crohn's 11/29/07

"i believe - you can keep going long after you can't"


Crohn'snme
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   Posted 3/23/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
When I am well I try to work out regularly. After a flare I start over from scratch. I believe it is very beneficial. For me I have the equipment at home, a yoga CD, stationary bike, weights, play tennis, walk but always something different to choose from. So I say go, enjoy and do what you can whatever that is.

FitzyK23
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   Posted 3/24/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have trouble with high impact exercise. I used to be a distance runner and also did some pretty heavy weight lifting. Once the crohns came into my life anytime I pushed my body to the limit it would respond with gut pain and diarrhea. Not worth it for me. I try to stay healthy by staying active but now I go for a walk, hike, swim, ski, instead of running 5 miles and benching my body weight. I can do an eliptical now too but I have to keep reminding myself my body isn't what it used to and I am not racing anyone when I am at the gym. I have recently found I could do crunches and push ups again as long as I work my way up slowly. I still lift some but much lighter weights than in the past. I can't really bike ride. I don't know what it is but that always gets my gut complaining. Let me rephrase that. I can ride fine on level ground like a bike path. If I have to go up hill, my stomach revolts.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 3/24/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, something is ALWAYS better than nothing at all.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


ZenaWP
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   Posted 3/24/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I work out about 6 days a week...pilates, power punch, turbo kick, body shaping, double step and boot camp classes and weights and cardio in between. Rheumy is not too happy about how much I go, but it actually seems to help with the arthritis, as long as I don't do squats and lunges using weights. It gets my mind off of my pain. The stress relief it has brought is a huge benefit. The only thing that really bothers my stomach sometimes is pilates, when they have you lay over the yoga ball or lay on your stomach...I skip that part. Also, sometimes food comes back up when I am laying on my back for a long time. I have built a lot of muscle and gone from looking anorexic to really looking built and healthy (key word is looking healthy, not being that way)!
...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope.   Romans 5:3-4


ZenaWP
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   Posted 3/24/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Should have added that the 6 days a week has only happened in the last year. When I was on Remicade, I would have a 2 week period every 6 weeks, the 2 weeks before a treatment, when I was too sick to work out. Once I got on Cimzia and got much better, I started working out more often and got addicted. Was doing 7 days a week in late fall, but arthritis has been killing me lately and stomach has been acting up again. On bad days, I'll just do the elliptical or bike for 30 minutes.
...rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverence; perseverence, character; and character, hope.   Romans 5:3-4


Mellie
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   Posted 3/24/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I love running and finished my last half marathon in Sept. However, my flares tend to creep up around Feb/March and my racing depends on how quickly I bounce back. I don't push too much if my tummy hurts, I get D, or a flare. I love how I feel after a workout so I try and use that as motivation when I have the days I just want to go home after work and sleep!
Diagnosed with Crohns/Colitis in 2004. Currently taking Azulfidine 500 mg/3 x 3 day, Synthroid. Have had joint complications such as pyroderma gangrenosum in ankles as complication of IBD.


sjkly
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   Posted 3/24/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Because of my RA I have to follow some rules that are probably pretty good advice for anyone with chronic illness.
1. I don't work out to the point of exhaustion-I still need energy for life and I don't recover as well as some people.
2. I don't work the same joint/or muscle groups two days in a row.
3. If any joint or muscle group in inflamed I only stretch it (gently) I don't do weights or pound on that muscle group until there has been no inflamation for a few days.
4. If I have a fever I only do gentle stretching type activities that day.
Iknow everyone has some additional rules of their own.
Sj

pb4
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   Posted 3/24/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya, no one should work the same muscle groups 2 days in a row, because in order for your muscles to build they need to be torn and you have to rest them...I alternate my regime, I do arms/upper body one day and the next day it's legs/lower body.

One should never stretch before working with weights either, this can cause injury and exhaust the muscles, instead you should do about 10-15 minutes of cardio to warm up the muscles before doing weights.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


JGutz
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   Posted 6/5/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I love working out, especailly heavy resistnace training. But right now I am taking 50mg of prednisone and I am noticed that if I try to lift weights while on a flare that it upsets my stomach and sooner or later I am hitting the bathroom. Also it takes my body like 3 times as long to heal the broken down muscle becuase of the prednisone. I have to stick to really light weights while flaring up.

Riss
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   Posted 6/5/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm a big fan of Pilates.   You should try it, it's a great work out and will really tone you!  Just be aware that majority of the moves focus on your "core" and work your abs.  I also take a lot of dance classes and just started getting into yoga.  I think working out when you feel up to it will definitely help you feel better and keep your mind off other things :)

24 Female - Dx Crohn's 4/28/08 - Pentasa 4 pills/2x day


Jason D in MN
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   Posted 6/6/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
The best thing to do if you've never worked out much is to take it slow. Being 100lbs of all muscle is definately healthier than 100lbs of no muscle.
Your body will use muscle tissue to hel repair, heal and recover from illness and injury. The trick is, if you're already sick, malnourished or injured, you can actually hurt yourself worse by doing too much too soon. If you're trying weight training, then *definately* start slow, no matter how silly you feel.

I used to weight train with a friend in college. He made me start slow. I never had an issue. Then after college I nearly injured myself when restarting wieght training. I was doing that one on my own. It's been quite some time again so if I start again I'll make sure to go slow... No need to repeat the last restarting of it.

Also isometric exercises while not as easy to overdo are still possible to overdo. So go easy with those. (I did early on in college... it's an embarassing story... No I won't share... :-P ) Basically I just generally stay active and try to get the requisite 45+min of wlaking in a day. That's always a good starting point. Having dogs helps me there.
-- Jason
Diagnoses? Crohn's in 1983; Kidney Stones in 1997; Reactive Airway Syndrome in 2002; Major Depression and GAD in 2003; Migraines in 2006; ADHD and IBS in 2007.

Current Meds? 6MP; Adderall; Wellbutrin; Zoloft; Albuterol (emergencies only); Fexofenadine; and Epidrin or Imitrex (depends on migraine severity...etc)

Overall: Things are So-So. In other words "It could be worse. It could be raining."


pb4
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   Posted 6/6/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it's definitely important to start out slow, whether you've exercised in the past or never before, it's better to work up gradually no matter what kind of routine you choose.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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