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Posted By : Raffi - 10/2/2017 9:12 AM
Hey guys I’m sick of being sick I wanna go to gym my only symptom right now is abdominal pain but I wanna go to gym despite of that I want to force myself I don’t want to live this crapty life so does it do any harm ? Or are we supposed to stay at home ? 😠

Posted By : eleanor_rigby - 10/2/2017 11:43 AM
There are Olympic medal winners with both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. If you are well you can live your life as normal and you can certainly go to the gym. If you aren't well you should listen to your body and rest when you need to. There is research that has shown exercise can improve quality of life in IBD patients.

Posted By : straydog - 10/2/2017 11:45 AM
Raffi, I would opt for going to the gym. Do what you are comfortable with doing. Perhaps working out will take your mind off of the pain. Sitting at home dwelling on it will do you no good, certainly will not make it any better. As long as you have clearance by your dr I don't see why not.

Take care.
Susie
Moderator in Chronic Pain & Psoriasis Forums

Posted By : Labradorite - 10/2/2017 12:35 PM
agreed with those above. use moderation. don't push yourself too far. increase what you do every few days and see how your body responds. might want to avoid things that focus on the gut area.
this website i think has some good posts about exercise. the original creator does a lot of marathons and has an ostomy. http://www.intenseintestines.org/tag/total-ibd-health-activity-and-exercise/

Posted By : Matthew Sawrie - 10/3/2017 5:31 AM
In December 2016 I decided to start going to the gym. What I found out is at first work out lightly on the tread mill for 4 days and I noticed my crohns seemed to get worse so I.stopped until.my guts improved which took about 3 days. Then again I worked out at.the same.pace as before and again after 4 dahs my crohns worsened but this time only one day. Then I continued at that same pace for one month and my crohns improved and my gut pain was almost gone. Then I added the elliptical machine and after 2 weeks was only using that machine, my crohns felt like it was close to remission. I continued increasing my pace until I was doing cardiac exercise. By May most people had seen a dramatic change in my body. I felt great. One thing I should mention is I always made sure to drink at least 1 bottle of water prior to exercising and one bottle during. By this point in time I could eat and drink anything I wanted. I was eating 3 fruits and raw veggies every day. The summer came and I took a break from the gym. By mid August I started to become tired and by September gut pain and bloating returned. I.started back at the gym qnd it felt like I was starting over. By gut pain is almost gone.again and i will make the same mistake again. The gym is now my life long friend.
I believe with crohns the biggest mistake I made was thinking not to stress my body at all since stress causes flares. What I learned is if I add physical stress my body will.start to adapt and my life will be better for ps instead of using weights I use gravity resistance to strengthen my muscles, including my stomach muscles. Exercis3s like the brick, pushups and superman.
Diagnosed in 2003. Cured in 2016 by exercising to 85% of my maximum heart rate 1 hour daily and removing caffeine and alcohol from my diet.

Posted By : Raffi - 10/3/2017 5:41 AM
Thank you all for your answers I really appreciate it.

@Matthew Sawrie

I liked your story and I would like to try the same and adjust based on my experience but I can’t help but to ask you have you tried weight or you just did the gravity resistance exercises ?

Posted By : Matthew Sawrie - 10/3/2017 6:13 AM
I tried weights but found my body found it a bit too stressful, that is why I switched to gravity instead of weights. I was able to achieve my goals this way without over stressing my body.
Diagnosed in 2003. Cured in 2016 by exercising to 85% of my maximum heart rate 1 hour daily and removing caffeine and alcohol from my diet.

Posted By : Raffi - 10/3/2017 6:18 AM
Oh okay! I guess I will give weights a chance if not I will switch to gravity. I asked you to be certain if any harm could happen. Thank you mate.

Posted By : Matthew Sawrie - 10/14/2017 7:36 AM
Keep us posted! There are videos of people using exercise to manage their Crohns and go into complete remission, I am almost there too( coffee and beans still bother me). One thing I can guarantee is if you dont have a current exercise program then your body will rebel after 4 days. Just rest and when things settle then go back at it. Within one month my stool went from liquid to solid. I find the elliptical machine helpful but I think the key is to exercise in a way that your guts are getting movement. Yoga is good also!

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