Four benefits of exercising with IBD
By Jenna Ziegler - Gali Community Member
Although IBD can sometimes make it difficult to exercise, there are definite health benefits from working out.
1. Reduces stress: exercising—whether it’s cardio, weight lifting, calisthenics, or yoga—increases endorphins and reduces stress. Stress can trigger inflammation, so reducing stress can reduce the chance of flaring.
2. Improves bone density: People with IBD are at an increased risk for bone density loss and osteoporosis down the road. Exercising builds both muscle and bone, and therefore reduces the chances of bone loss.
3. Boosts immune system: Many people with IBD have a weakened immune system. Exercising regularly can help boost it and prevent us from getting sick as often as we otherwise would.
4. Quickens recovery from surgery: Not everyone with IBD will require surgery; but the better shape you’re in, the quicker you’ll recover if you do need to take the surgery route.
It may not always be easy living with IBD, but regular exercise provides many benefits that can make it so much more manageable.