Top YouTube Workout Videos for People with a Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic disease poses challenges when it comes to staying fit. But I’m here to tell you that it is possible to get exercise even when you struggle with an ongoing condition.

Keep this list of YouTube videos on hand for when your flares get the best of you or your arthritis is acting up. It includes everything from gentle yoga to total body-strength exercises that are low-impact and perfect for those living with a chronic disease like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic disease, or multiple sclerosis.

(Please consult your doctor before beginning any workout or fitness routine.)


Yoga has multiple health benefits: It can help protect you from conditions like arthritis and back pain and ward off osteoporosis.

New to yoga? "Yoga for Complete Beginners" is just what you’re looking for. Another great thing about this video is that it’s only 20 minutes long!

These yoga videos are great when you’re having mobility limitations.

Julie Cerrone, psoriatic-arthritis blogger at It’s Just A Bad Day, Not a Bad Life, shares her favorite videos on her post "How Can I Get Into Yoga?" Don’t miss her compilation of yoga-for-beginners videos.

Strength Training

The "10 Minute Total Body-Strength Workout for Beginners." gives you modifications should you feel the need to adapt exercises to reduce stress.

Looking for exercises that don’t require equipment? Daniel with Fitness Blender shares simple at-home exercises that are low-impact and will help strengthen your core.

This low-impact workout video includes a quick cardio warm-up, total body workout, core workout, cool down, and stretch.

Wall Sits

Watch this video on how wall sits can help strengthen your legs. It’s great (and easy!) for people with multiple sclerosis.

Melissa Copp shows you how a stability ball encourages balance and proper form while doing wall squats.

Any form of exercise can help improve your mood by releasing “feel good” endorphins. Those living with a chronic disease have many options when it comes to working out. Use this list as your starting point and begin feeling better in no time!

Sabrina Skiles
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Sabrina Skiles

Sabrina Skiles is a lifestyle and psoriasis blogger, who was also diagnosed with breast cancer just two days after her 35th birthday. She created her blog, Homegrown Houston as a lifestyle resource for millennial women and those living with chronic conditions. She shares daily inspiration from health and wellness, motherhood and marriage to managing a chronic disease while living a stylish life. Sabrina is also a volunteer mentor, coach and social ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation. You can find her sharing #chemolife and psoriasis tips while living a stylish life on Instagram @sabrinaskiles.