Its true, for women with the painful fat disease Lipoedema exercise is a challenge. Why bother if diet and exercise have little effect on the lipoedema fat? Exercise may seem like a waste of time.
There are however benefits to including regular exercise as part of your lipoedema management plan. Besides the obvious health benefits for your heart and blood sugar levels, for lipoedema patients exercise can help to reduce inflammation, keep the lymph system pumping, strengthen your muscles and boost confidence and mood.
Below we will look at various exercises to help you manage lipoedema and have some fun.
Where possible wear your compression when exercising (except for vibration plates). Start off slowly and keep it light, don't engage in high impact or intense exercises which can cause inflammation.
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Walking and Nordic Walking
Walking is free and low impact. You can take it anywhere and stop when you need to. Nordic walking (walking with sticks) is great for those who have joint issues.
Swimming, water walking and aqua aerobics. Water activities are low impact, take the pressure off your joints, help with oedema and to strengthen muscles. Check out your local pool for their facilities and available classes.
Excellent for flexibility and muscle strengthening. Many of the poses can be adapted for different levels of ability. If attending a class is daunting there are online yoga videos for at home use.
When seated on a stationery bike less weight is placed on the legs. Cycling in this way improves blood flow and lymph flow.
Other exercise options
Light weight training to increase muscle tone, dancing and vibration plates can also be considered.
Hydration and Safety
Always keep hydrated when exercising and discuss any new program with your health practitioner. Take it slowly to start and work up. In the end, the key message is to keep moving and keep that lymph system pumping. The more enjoyable you find exercise the easier it becomes.
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