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What are activities for people with ulcerative colitis (UC) that can keep their muscles and joints working?

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Try this: The weight-bearing activities that help your bones also help your muscles and joints. Aerobic or cardio exercise that gets your heart beating faster, such as fast walking, builds muscles and strengthens joints, too. If pain makes it tough, try low-impact workouts such as swimming or cycling.

Stretching should also be part of your plan to help keep your muscles and joints flexible.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

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