Research shows that moderate swimming can reduce the inflammation and relieve joint pain of arthritis, a common problem in people with Crohn’s.
If you have Crohn’s disease, exercising may be the furthest thing from your mind. But its effects can be far-reaching — and getting wet may be just what the doctor ordered.
“Exercise is important for all people, including those with Crohn’s disease,” says Jessica Philpott, MD, PhD, a gastroenterologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Studies suggest swimming has a positive impact on people with an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn’s, she says, especially when you’re in remission.