Published 22 October 2019 | 3 min read
Over time, the medical opinion on being active and living with
haemophilia has changed.1
have progressed. Half a century ago, the advice was to avoid social
and physical activities for fear of injury or bleeds – and, really,
to rest as much as possible.
Nowadays, the consensus is that keeping fit can actually improve
joint health. A well-designed exercise programme can help maintain
healthy joints and reduce pain.
Research into haemophilia has improved the care outlook. Not least
by demonstrating that – as a person living with haemophilia – there
are very few sports you won’t be able to take part in.3
Certainly, there are some activities that are higher impact than
others, so it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor to find out what’s
best for you.4 It’s all about finding the balance.
Despite the changes in medical recommendations, some people living with haemophilia still come up against barriers when it comes to being active. Worries of social exclusion or individual limitations might get in the way, but regular physical activity can help to build your confidence and self-esteem. Did you know that it can actually improve quality of life?3
Keeping your joints and
muscles strong can help to protect from bleeds and joint damage, as
well as maintain a healthy weight, which will alleviate pressure on joints.
muscles can help you achieve functional goals, like returning to
work or school, participating in social activities or even taking up
a new sport!
Taking part in sports can
be liberating and empowering and will help you to live life to the
fullest. One of the best ways to make a start is to consult your
haemophilia team, to identify the best sports for you.
It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive before starting anything new, but remember that there are more than 400,000 people living with haemophilia worldwide.8 Why not become one of the many who have made exercise a part of their routine?
The good news is that
being active doesn’t just mean you’ll be keeping fit. Whether it's
swimming with your friends at the weekend or just making that run
for the bus a bit easier, there are loads of benefits to be found on
top of improving your joint health. There’s joy to be had in taking
part, you’ll develop coordination skills and meet new people along
the way. And when you find a sport you enjoy, it leads to better
physical and mental health, with improved bone and joint health and function.
No matter the level of
activity you choose to take part in, there are plenty of rewards to
enjoy by moving more. Knowing you could be improving your joint
health and outcomes is just one of them. Talk to your healthcare
team and find the exercise plan that works for you.