Generally speaking, regular exercise contributes to good health. It is known to improve mental health, which is especially true for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who report higher stress levels and lower quality of life than others. In addition to mental health, exercise may also reduce inflammation in people with IBD, increase bone and muscle strength, and prevent relapses of disease.

While exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing in the midst of a flare-up or a wave of fatigue, the benefits of physical activity on a person’s overall health is proven. In this section, we’ll discuss the benefits and barriers of exercise, and what you can do to safely and effectively get your body moving.

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