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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband and I want to start a family, but my Crohn's is flaring. In fact, it's been flaring for a good 4 years now. I've tried different diets, medications, supplements, and while I feel better, I don't feel 100%.

This week I'll be joining the gym, I've heard regular exercise works for some people. It's something I've always avoided it because of frequent trips to the bathroom. But at this point, I don't care anymore!

Has anyone else had any real results with regular exercise? Any miracles? That's what I need.

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   Posted 3/8/2010 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck!yeah
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   Posted 3/8/2010 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, and I'm glad you're seriously considering starting an exercise's known that regular exercise has many benefits, it helps the bowels function properly, not to mention the extraintestinal manifestations that we can be prone to getting because of crohn's, exercise is beneficial for those things as well, like osteo, arthritis, joint/muscle issues, weight bearing exercises aid with those things slowing them down (and the aging process as well which tends to highten those things let alone as extraintestinal manifestations of crohns.

Start out light and work into a more challanging routine giving your body time to adjust and adjust it to how you're feeling CD wise...once you get into the swing of things you'll likely notice you have more energy and sleep like a baby too.

There are many forms of yoga, there's pilates or simple cardio along with lifting weights, anything is better than nothing at all. I started exercising during a bad flare and I managed, of course I have everything at home so stopping for bathroom trips was no biggie for me...and I definitely credit exercising regularly to my overall improvements.

Good luck!

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   Posted 3/8/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I train 5 times a week,for about 2.5 hours... it helps me a lot

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   Posted 3/9/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have lived in the gym since i was 18, was diagnosed at 21 and am now 25. I usually train about 4 days/week for about 1.5 hours. After my first bought with CD i went from 250lbs to 200lbs in about 1.5 months. Once i got back under control and returned to the gym, within 8 months i was back up to about 230lbs, spent 2 years in remission while following my workout regime but unfortunatly never got any higher in weight than 235lbs, i guess now, even when in remission, my body doesnt rebuild as well as it used to, but i feel exercise has been a big part in keeping healthy and feeling good. Hope you have luck!

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   Posted 3/9/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd been a runner since I was 19 years old. Had to give that up for the most part. I can still run at times, but when there are no bathrooms around, jostling the guts seems like a really bad/embarrassing idea for me! However, I have a stairmaster (gym quality) at my house and I find I can use that so long as I don't have a fever. It really helps me feel stronger and have more energy in general. I believe it also helps with my moods. I still run from time to time, but only when I feel really good. I still have "issues" on runs, but when I do go out, I go out prepared... just in case.
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   Posted 3/9/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never done regular exercise as a way to control my crohn's, but my job is performing as a dancer in a theme park so I'd say that's pretty physical. It can be a very hard job when I'm dehydrated from diarrhea or if I can't eat, but I like it!! It's probably a good idea, even if you don't feel like doing it. If you're flaring, though, I'd say to be careful.
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   Posted 3/10/2010 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you!

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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Idk but I was doing 1 hour a day; weights and trampoline, despite gerd stuff. Then Flagyl somehow made me in some sort of crisis and now I haven't worked out in 3 weeks. So I'm still weak from my colon/endoscopy 2 nights ago, I did a mini walk today and that wasn't a good idea. I guess I'll wait a few more days. I'm getting good/better sleep than now, so hopefully that will help with any stress hormones or energy to workout the next day.

Swimming would seem low impact, but then again you're in a pool : ( I guess I could only swim if I made sure I took an anti-diarrheal pill beforehand. Hiking, the same thing. Working out at home is near the bathroom, weights, trampoline, resistance bands, yoga (dvd's), walking or dancing in place, pilates. Gyms have bathrooms.
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   Posted 3/12/2010 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Exactly, gyms have bathrooms! That's the only thing I like about them.

Haven't signed up yet. But husband promised he'd go with me since he needs to lose weight, but he's too busy it seems. I'll probably go on my own starting Monday.

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   Posted 3/12/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   

Exercise is great for letting your body know who's in control!

I recently did 3 marathons. wouldn't suggest doing anything that crazy. i basically did it to prove i still could post crohn's diagnosis. But in the end it caused my immune system to go nuts and I've now had three illnesses in that many weeks.

There's a LOT of space between going to the gym a few days a week and running three marathons, but still, you might want to explore your limitations. Try to get right to the threshold of what feels good and what feels like too much.


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   Posted 3/12/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Overall, when I exercise, my body just feels better. It takes away alot of the anxiety and depression I used to deal with. Feeling good about yourself is "healthy." I try to run 3 miles a day and do light lifting... I'd say I'm in my basement working out for an average of an hour a day, 4-5 days a week.

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   Posted 3/13/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I started swimming when I had bad arthritis and I really believe that was the main contributor to that going into remission. To this day I still swim regularly and occasionally do yoga. I've always found that when I'm exercising regularly it boosts my health and mood all round and keeps me strong. If I ever take a break from exercise (like when I have a lot on at uni or get really lazy lol) I find that I definitely start feeling a bit rubbish - lethargic, weaker and my appetite will go down as I'm burning less. I do my best to keep myself strong and healthy as I believe its one of the things that keeps me well in my remission (along with my meds of course).

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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that exercising will be beneficial for you ..i know it has been for my issues i do alot of walking....good luck..lyn
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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Crohns or not; exercise in general can prevent a lot of other health issues down the road. Feeling good about yourself is motivation alone to get your heart pumping!

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   Posted 3/13/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't do alot of exercise as it just causes more pain for me, as I have other health issues along with my Crohns. But I do like to try to walk on a regular basis. We are all very different, and what's ok for one is not always okay for all. JMHO
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