Exercise involves any activity that requires physical effort, particularly to sustain or improve health and fitness. Examples include walking the dog, or doing yoga or aerobics. Exercise has a wide range of benefits for everyone – including those with haemophilia. Regular exercise not only builds strength, endurance and agility, but also has positive effect on psychological and emotional well-being.
Some of the benefits of exercise include:
A key benefit of exercise is that it increases strength, flexibility and balance, which may help reduce the occurrence of injuries – and, as a result, bleeds. This has important implications for joint health.
While regular exercise is clearly beneficial, it is important to consider a number of factors when choosing an exercise that is right for you. Your Haemophilia Treatment Centre should be able to help you with this before you engage in any new exercise regimen.