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HM
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   Posted 6/28/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
What type of work outs do you all do?  I have been walking some, although not very far distances (about 10 min. 3 times a day).  I know they say working out is one of the better things to do for stress and crohns,  however I find it painful and honestly I am not in shape.
 
I am hoping to get a few ideas from you all to help me get started.  My doctors say walk, walk, walk!

37/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with Arthritis 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2007

Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2008

 

Current medications: Asacol 2 tablets 3X daily, Imuran 100 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 3X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), .05 mg Zanax (if needed) Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron, Young Living Omega 3, Young Living Core Supplements


grumpygi
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   Posted 6/28/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I can't do much cause of worn out and badly needing to be replaced knees.  I have down graded exercising to a couple of times a week with a personal trainer and primarily work on resistance and strength training with weights - developing the core.  When I complain and whine my trainer is the most proud but doesn't like me calling her Jillian . . . .(ya know - Jillian Michaels from the biggest loser).  Coincidentally this all occurs weekly at a  local 24 hour fitness center. 
 
Even if walking is hard -walk in the pool.  The water provides a bit of resistance, protects against falls and soothes sore tummies.  Soaking in a hot tub or sweat box might also feel good, one of the gyms I go to has a heated therapuetic pool.  Know its hard to prioritize exercise but it really does help-physically and mentally! 
 
 
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tooth
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   Posted 6/29/2010 4:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I should probably be working out a little bit more. tongue But since this recent flare, it's been kind of hard to get myself motivated again. Last month, before I moved, I used to walk about a mile to my grad school and a mile home to keep myself in shape. Definitely didn't walk too fast, but just enough to feel like I had a good workout. yeah

Also, used to love zumba classes and I'm looking to rejoin one. Each instructor is different, but it's a light aerobic/latin dance class. Pretty simple and doesn't matter if you're in shape (I'm not), coordinated or a dancer as long as you have fun. Plus, you can take it at your own level so it's all about being up and moving. Just be careful with some of the abs move they do because it can surprise the intestines.

I also did yoga for a little while, but I'm waaaaay too impatient for that...good luck!!
Diagnosed 2002.

75mg Imuran, 750mg Balsalazide 3x day, Tapering Pred.

Maybe flaring...maybe not?


ski bum
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   Posted 6/29/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Any kind of work out is good and starting out slow is the way to do it. The most consistent recommendations I've read is 150 minutes of aerobic exercise/week plus two sessions of weight training/lifting/exercise a week. A great machine is an eliptical - it's easy on your knees and you can use low to high resistance to personalize your work out. If you have cable tv, there's channels with work out sessions. Look for Leslie, the walking lady (she's a kind, gentle exerciser) and Jillian (from the Biggest Loser - she's tough but you get a great work out).
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08. Back on Pentasa as maintenance.


tewcute
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   Posted 6/29/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I do a treadmill 3 times a week for 40 minutes and toning 2 times a week for 30 minutes. I am to the point though that I am having way less BMS and no pain. I would suggest light walking if you are feeling badly. I also have used Leslie Sansone and the great thing about her workout is if you are not feeling great you can go as hard or as easy as you want to. My Gi is also a huge fan of pilates.
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening
Multigen


pb4
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   Posted 6/29/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I workout regularly...start slow and build up, adjust according to how you're feeling with your IBD...I have everything at home so if I need to stop and use the toilet I can....alot of the stuff we have was purchased used so it's much cheaper than buying out of the store...we have an eliptical, stationary bike, weider weight system and some dumbells and other odds and ends. Doing something is always better than nothing at all, it's actually necessary for the digestive system to function properly...there are really no excuses to not exercise since there are so many forms of exercise it's not even funny...finding excuses not to exercise is a cop-out in my opinion....it will also increase your energy and make your mind sharper too.  Cardio, weight training, pilates, many forms of yoga, aquasizing, lots to choose from and combining any of them is great too.


bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~


HM
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   Posted 6/29/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I think I will use the free weights I have here and keep walking when I feel up to it. I would love to join something like a Zumba class (my best friend just asked me to actually), but I am afraid I will have to leave to go to the bathroom and then I would be all worried about getting back into it.

I know I use the crohns as an excuse way more than I should.....I need to stop and just do it:)

37/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with Arthritis 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2007

Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2008

 

Current medications: Asacol 2 tablets 3X daily, Imuran 100 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 3X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), .05 mg Zanax (if needed) Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron, Young Living Omega 3, Young Living Core Supplements


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 6/29/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
walking is great. totally start with that and do it every day. do at least 30 min but it does not need to be in one interval.

there are a lot of things you can do besides the gym or running (the most popular work out trends). pilates, yoga, tai chi, martial arts, ride a bike, get a kayak/canoe, surfing, swimming, rock climbing, etc etc.

if you go to the gym, focus on form and dont worry at all about strength and how much weight you can do. most people work out wrong and thus hurt themselves. it is a pride thing for guys to do a lot of weight, but most have such bad form that if they did it correctly, or even a full rep, they'd be doing a lot less weight that they'd be humbled.

just go slow and listen to your body and its energy levels. you do need to push yourself, but too much too soon is also bad, so there is a thin line for you to fine.
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


mtgman
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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
i start slow- walking on the treadmill- a kickboard in the pool slowly is nice too. i find that if i over exert myself it tends to exacerbate my crohn's symptoms though
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.


FunGuy
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   Posted 6/30/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I think walking is excellent. Increase your distances and plan your toilets. Even if you have to find a business block and walk around the block 10 times. Increase your walk until you reach a level that is reccomended for fitness. Try to change the terrain. There is a HUGE difference between walking on flat land and walking on hills. Drink water. Notice the signals your body gives you regarding toilet breaks. Weights are good too especially for female bones........ Luck
 


pimfram
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   Posted 6/30/2010 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm usually pretty lazy an unmotivated, but I try and do something at least a couple times per week, even if it's just mowing the lawn. When I'm feeling ambitions (and I wake up before 10am lol), I lift weights on the machine in our basement.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

Amor fati - Nietzsche


tabicat
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   Posted 7/1/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I do a lot of walking. When I have the energy :P
I work at a mall, so I sometimes get there early and walk around the mall a few times.
When it's nice out, I like to walk around my neighborhood a few times.

I also have hand weights that I like to use, just 5pounds.
I have an Ab Lounger also, but it doesn't get used very often :P
26 y/o female from Kentucky.
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004. Colon resection in 2004
Had symptoms since about 2002.
 
Also lactose intolerant and anemic.
 
Currently on 2000mg daily of Sulfasalazine and 1 tablet daily folic acid.
Tried Pentasa and Entocort in the past, with no improvement.
 


pb4
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   Posted 7/3/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I look at it like this...in another 20 yrs from now I'll be 63 and I will have a rockin' hot body for a 63 yr old woman and I'll still be able to make it to the toilet on time (although if there's a cure before 20 yrs from now that would be great) regardless I'll still have a rockin hot body and a sharper mind and better reflexes than many 63 yrs olds...plus I'll be better off when I'm in my 70's and 80's compared to those that don't work out. How you take care of yourself now will have a huge impact on you for the future, aint nobody gettin' any younger!
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 7/3/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually think severe blood loss that results in blood transfusion is a pretty good excuse.

But I do want to encourage everyone that if you are feeling fairly well, then please do exercise.
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