Exercise Is Important
For anyone with hemophilia and inhibitors, it's a good idea to avoid injury-prone sports like rugby or football.
But, there are tons of other sports and exercises that can help you. Exercise strengthens muscles. Strong muscles help protect joints and can reduce pain.3,25
Plus, fit, flexible muscles and joints might help prevent bleeding episodes. So stay fit by having fun with exercise as much as you can.3,25
Picking a Sport
Make a list of sports that you're interested in, and then check with your doctor or physical therapist to see which are appropriate for you.
An exercise regimen can be more enjoyable and easier to stick with if you get the whole family involved. There are several exercises that you and your family can enjoy — see below for a few examples. Work with your physical therapist and hemophilia care team for a full list of suggestions and precautions.
You might worry about falling or having a sport-related accident. That's understandable. As you know, controlling bleeds that happen from injuries is more difficult with inhibitors, so it's normal to be concerned.
But, with proper precautions and common sense, there is no reason why you cannot enjoy an active sporting life. Exercise plays an important part in keeping you happy and healthy.
Keep in mind; you have to find the right exercise for you. Not every exercise is good for every person. For example, if you have a target shoulder joint, swimming may not be ideal for you. Just try something else, but don't give up on exercise.3,25
Make Exercise a Family Activity
One way to become more active is to get the whole family involved in an exercise routine. Everyone can benefit from exercise, so there is every reason for everyone to join in.
There is no reason why family and friends cannot join you in any stretching, strengthening, and aerobic exercises that your physical therapist recommends. Or, you can find other activities to enjoy together, like:
- A 30-minute walk after meals
- Walking the dog before & after school or work
- Shooting hoops
- Playing in the pool (laps are great, too)