Exercise for Chronic and Auto-Immune Diseases

Exercise and Auto-Immune Disease

Chronic Conditions and Exercise:

If you have a chronic condition, you might have questions about exercise and developing a fitness program that is correct for you.  How often can you exercise? Which exercises are safe? What types of fitness programs will benefit my condition?

If you have a chronic disease — such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or back or joint pain — exercise can have important health benefits.  Regular exercise can help you manage symptoms and improve your health.

Aerobic exercise can help to improve your heart health and endurance and aid in weight loss.  Strength training can improve muscle strength and endurance, making it easier to do daily activities, slow disease-related declines in muscle strength, and provide stability to the joints.  Flexibility exercises may help you to have optimal range of motion about your joints, so they can function at their best, and stability exercises may help reduce the risk of falls.

Auto-Immune Diseases and Exercise:

Auto-immune diseases can bring your energy down, challenge your joints, circulation, organs, and mental health.

Being active is one of the best things you can do for yourself, even when you have an auto-immune disease.  Our personal trainers have worked closely for many years with individuals with auto-immune diseases and have seen how exercise programs have created stronger bones (those on steroids have a higher risk of thinning bones), given more energy, and had a pain relieving effect.

Most with auto immune diseases believe that because they are ill that they are unable to exercise or shouldn’t exercise.  Research shows that regular exercise leads to a decrease symptoms and pain, and it increases your energy!

Our medical fitness specialists build programs that will improve fatigue, muscle stiffness, strength, and range of motion, avoid weight gain, weight loss, circulation, and mental health.

Mental health improvement is a big positive to exercising with lupus. Studies suggest that up to 60% of people with chronic illness also experience clinical depression.  Fortunately, exercise can help improve symptoms of depression.  A 2008 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that just 20 minutes of physical activity a week can boost mental health.

Our medical fitness specialists build exercise programs that reduce fatigue.  Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of auto-immune diseases.  Up to 80% of patients feel sluggish, tired, and run down.  Adding in an exercise program might seem counter intuitive but exercise has been proven to increase your energy.  Over 70 studies on exercise and auto-immune diseases show that 90% showed that exercise improved fatigue!

Let us take the guess work out of your program!  As always, please speak to your physician before starting an exercise program.