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Fitness & Nutrition

Man with hemophilia jumping rope
By Matt McMillen | 07.25.2011

Getting in shape doesn’t require expensive gear or the latest fad workout routine. All you really need is your own body.

Girls on the track team
By Heather Boerner | 07.25.2011

For many girls with bleeding disorders, physical education class, exercise and sports are complicated by menstrual cycles that are long, heavy and painful.

Getting vitamin D on the beach
By Sarah Aldridge | 04.25.2011

For patients with hemophilia, learning about bone health now may help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later.

Young man playing disc golf
By Matt McMillen | 04.25.2011

Disc golf, modeled on traditional golf, combines walking and throwing a flying disc at a target.

Older man with hemophilia practicing tai chi
By Matt McMillen | 02.07.2011

Amr Elbeshir wanted something that would exercise his mind and his body. “Tai chi allowed me to visualize being healthy.”

Hemophilia and sports
By Sarah Aldridge | 02.03.2011

“Surprisingly, we found that kids with severe hemophilia could take a lot more in the way of impact sports than is often attributed to them.”

Dr. Matt Ambrose playing Capture the Flag
By Matt McMillen | 02.02.2011

To play or not to play? For kids with bleeding disorders, that is the question—at camp, at school, at home, anywhere.

french fries and berries
By Jennifer LaFranco RN, BSN, and Diane Delorm, RD | 12.29.2010

Eating healthy is easier said than done, especially for people who are managing a chronic condition like a bleeding disorder.

Healthy People 2020
By Melanie Padgett Powers | 12.03.2010

Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year health roadmap, includes a “Blood Disorders and Blood Safety” section for the first time. Goals include increasing von Willebrand disease diagnosis and reducing hemophilia joint problems.

A couple dancing
By Matt McMillen | 10.14.2010

Dancing can increase your endurance and energy levels, improve your strength and coordination, and tone your muscles.

Boy with hemophilia near a pool
By Kristina R. Anderson | 09.28.2010

Wouldn’t it be great if you could stay strong, flexible and fit with a low-risk exercise program and have some fun at the same time? You can! Swimming is a great exercise for people with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.

Hikers with hemophilia
By Lisette Hilton | 09.27.2010

Hiking is different than taking a stroll, power walk or run. Its nuance is that it is done on a natural ­surface in a natural setting.

Woman on bike
By Matt McMillen | 09.26.2010

HemAware reader has a unique alternative to bicycling. See the "comments" section of this biking article.

Golfer with hemophilia
By Matt McMillen | 09.25.2010

Golf is among the sports considered safe for people with bleeding disorders.

Yoga
By Matt McMillen | 09.24.2010

“Yoga is an excellent, nonimpact exercise for people with bleeding disorders."

Man with hemophilia does Pilates
By Michelle Rogers Ponte | 09.23.2010

Pilates, which also involves mat exercises, has become popular in the past few years, with classes being taught in gyms and by private trainers nationwide.

Man lifting hand weights
By Matt McMillen | 09.22.2010

Six-pack abs and ripped biceps may look sexy, but in the real world, they are not very realistic.

Man with hemophilia on a treadmill
By Matt McMillen | 09.21.2010

Myriad exercise machines will have you working up a sweat on even the coldest days.

Boy with hemophilia exercises in a pool
By Matt McMillen | 09.20.2010

Teens ages 13–19 with bleeding disorders are almost twice as likely to be overweight than their peers.

Family exercising
By Martha J. Frase | 07.13.2010

Being overweight and having hemophilia are particularly risky, because the extra weight can cause stress to joints and lead to bleeds.