Before you strap on running shoes and hit the trails, know that rigorous and intense exercise isn’t the best choice when you have bad UC symptoms, according to that 2014 study, which was published in BioMed Research International. That’s because it can cause an inflammatory response in the body (on top of the inflammation those with UC already experience).
“Strenuous exercise should be avoided during flares,” gastroenterologist Michael Chiorean, M.D., director of the IBD Center of Excellence at Virginia Mason, tells HealthCentral.
Instead, focus on steady, regular exercise — which is linked to anti-inflammation and key for people with IBD. While there aren’t recent, specific rules on how much exercise people with IBD should get, it’s OK to follow general exercise guidelines for people your age, says Dr. Chiorean. For healthy adults, for example, get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity (like brisk walking) per week — that can be spread out throughout the week however you like.
Keep reading for some lower-impact options to try with UC.