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What are some exercise tips for people with ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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To exercise comfortably and safely:

  • Use an online workout or DVD at home if gas or diarrhea makes it uncomfortable to take a group class.
  • Walk or jog on a treadmill, rather than outside, if you need to stay close to a restroom.
  • Don't exercise when it's very hot, which can make dehydration more likely.
  • Switch to a gentler kind of workout if you get diarrhea after aerobics or lifting weights.
  • Drink plenty of fluids before and after exercising.

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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