Prior to being diagnosed I was becoming a very active person. Exercising was something that I was starting to enjoy, and when I’m excited about something I need to know everything about it. I did research on how to become a better runner, the importance of having a strong core, the best food for energy etc. But maybe I started my research a little too late . . because I got a hip injury (or maybe that was the first sign of this disease, “shrugs”) and I had to stop all exercise for months. My symptoms eventually got worst which led to my diagnosis. Even though I’m taking 14 pills a day, none can truly help me with stress. My major stress area has always been my stomach. Whenever my stomach hurts I would stop whatever I was doing, take a deep breath, and count to 10. The main reason why I started jogging was to train for a mud run, but also to reduce stress, and it helped.
Today, I had severe cramps that I believe were not just IBD related. Instead of leaving work early I decided to fight it by taking a 30-minute walk for lunch, I felt a lot better. I also took advantage of the standing desk in my office because it was too painful to sit, and that also helped. But once I returned to my desk to work, my stomach started hurting again, and that’s when I realized it might be stress related. Since the walk helped and the weather is getting nicer I plan to make it apart of daily routine, and it’s always good to get some fresh air.
I did some research and found the below article from WebMD, titled “Exercising When You Have IBD, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease.” What stood out for me was the 7 exercise tips:
- Minimize impact – it’s recommended to do low impact exercise, yoga, pilates, etc
- Go uphill – They suggest you should walk instead of run on a treadmill and increase your elevation
- Map out the restrooms – It’s best to know where the nearest restroom is before you work out, just in case you might have an emergency
- Plan potty breaks – It would be wise to go to the bathroom before you workout
- Choose your sports wisely – If you’re going to play a sport for exercise, golf might be safer than basketball
- Listen to your body – don’t push yourself when you’re experiencing a flare, rest when needed
- Keep your doctor in the loop – I think it’s wise to ask your doctor(s) (primary physician & GI) if you are healthy enough to do such physical activity, and any questions you might have
I’ll keep these tips in mind since my GI told me to reduce my stress asap! and exercise has always helped .