Exercise is an essential component to ensure optimal physical and mental well-being for anyone.
But this becomes even more important for people who suffer from autoimmune conditions, such as Coeliac Disease (CD).
Coeliac Disease is a lifelong condition that is affected by the consumption of gluten – which is typically found in wheat, barley, and rye.
Gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine in those with Coeliac Disease and damages the lining of the small intestine leading to malabsorption (the body’s inability to absorb nutrients).
It is important to always check in with your doctor before starting any exercise program as they can advise you personally.
These are the top 5 benefits of weight training for Coeliac Disease:
1) Weight Maintenance
It is not uncommon for those suffering from Coeliac Disease to either lose weight due to malabsorption or gain weight due to a diet high in processed foods. In either case, weight training can help achieve and maintain a healthy bodyweight.
2) Get Stronger
Weight training not only strengthens your muscles, but your bones too. So for anyone with bones weakened by malnutrition that is associated with Coeliac Disease, weight training can help.
Training with weights can also help counter any risks of muscle loss or conditions such as osteoporosis.
3) Better Circulation
In the long term, weight training can improve blood circulation especially in relation to the digestive tract, which can potentially help with healing any damage caused by Coeliac Disease.
4) Improve Sleep
Weight training can help reduce levels of stress and tension in your life, which can be beneficial in helping improve your sleep quality and quantity. Remember, sleep is a cornerstone of good health and wellbeing.
5) Improve Mood
Suffering from a long-term disease can be mentally challenging, and you will likely experience good days and bad days. Weight training helps with the release of endorphins (our happy hormone) which trigger positive feelings and reduce pain.
Those who suffer from Coeliac Disease are at a higher risk of developing depression and other mood disorders, so a regular weight training regime can help reduce stress and anxiety and help to better handle the emotional and physical difficulties that can come with the condition.