January 27, 2020
4 types of exercise

4 types of exercise and tips for sickle cell warriors.

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The importance of exercise outweighs the risks it might pose to people living with sickle cell. Engaging regularly in exercises will not only keep you fit but also help your mind function properly. Since I began to exercise consistently two months ago, I have seen significant changes in my life especially my strength. Although exercising with sickle cell disorder is difficult but possible depending on your fitness goal and your mind. Here are the four types of exercise

Types of exercise.

Strength exercise

The strength exercise is the most common and the one majority imagines when exercise is mentioned, they are important for building and keeping strong muscles. Examples of strength exercises are push-ups, pull-ups, weight lifting, using resistance machines at the gym. When trying out any strength exercise, it is important to stay safe.

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2. Flexibility exercise

Flexibility exercises help you maintain a wide range of motion. They are very important for people living with arthritis (important for people living with avascular necrosis) as they help ease mobility. Here are some flexibility moves:

  • Stretching parts of the body
  • Doing yoga
  • Stretching affected part for people living with arthritis.

Aerobic exercise

Some of the exercises here didn’t sound like an exercise to me before now because I thought they were just normal activities of life. Well, maybe they are because they are so common. Aerobics increase your breathing as well as heart rate and they are the main component of a total body fitness program. Here are some examples:

  • Walking and brisk walking
  • Jogging
  • Climbing the stairs
  • Playing sports e.g. tennis
  • Dancing
  • Biking

Balance exercise

Improving your balance is good for older adults. It strengthens the core and prevents falls. Some of the exercises are;

  • Standing on one foot
  • Heel to toe walking

Quick Tips

  • Always perform stretches before doing any exercise
  • It is important to stay hydrated throughout exercise sessions
  • You can combine all four exercises into a fitness program for proper result.
  • Listen to your body, stop exercising if you notice any inconvenience.

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