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HealthWatch:Working out with Crohn's Disease

HealthWatch:Working out with Crohn's Disease

HealthWatch (WFRV)  If you have a medical condition, working out can be extra tough.

A personal trainer can come up with the right plan that works around people's conditions and helps them get fit.

That is what Katie Schmidt did.  Katie was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 8 years ago.

The condition made it tough for her to work out and she eventually found herself out of shape.

But a personal trainer put Katie on the right path to a Healthier life.

Right now Katie is even getting ready to run her first half marathon.

This year is probably the first time I've felt really well to really try something as challenging as this," said Katie Schmidt, has Crohn's Disease.

Katie had tried to get in shape in the past,  but her disease got in the way.

"Some days I wake up and I have a lot of energy and on other days I feel like I have the flu.  So aches and pains, stomach pains," explained Katie.

Katie decided to go to Aurora BayCare Orthopedic & Sports Medicine center where she found the right personal trainer.

"I met with Regan and she had some experience working with people with illnesses," said Regan Kust, Aurora BayCare Orthopedic & Sports Medicine trainer.

Regan monitors Katie's workouts and adjust for her condition.

"On days she's not feeling so great we definitely modify.  So instead of getting those miles in training we might focus on stretching, breathing and relaxing," said Katie.

Regan says working out can help many people who have medical conditions.

"Any underlying disease, diabetes, cancer, anything like that that exercise can help you sleep better.  It can help you reduce your high cholesterol and help you with your blood sugars," explained Regan.

The exercise has been doing wonders for Katie.

"On those days where I'm really sore, I have trouble with my joints, so she knows exactly what exercises to do," said Katie

Before Katie takes on the half marathon, she's going to run Aurora BayCare's Spooky Sprint.

"That was another motivator.  I have younger kids who are active and my husband is pretty active so I wnted to keep up.  And I think it's good for the kids to see that mom is doing something challenging," said Katie.

Regan says the Spooky Sprint  is a great event for anyone trying to start a fitness routine.

"It gives you an end goal.  Something to train for if you feel accomplished at the end," said Regan.

You still have time to train and sign up for the Spooky Sprint.   It is a 5k run and 1 mile trick or treat trail walk for the kids.  Candy and activities are included. Costumes are encouraged.

Te fun is Saturday, October 26th at Aurora BayCare Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center.

To learn more you can call Aurora BayCare at (920) 288-8000 or email

healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com <mailto:healthwatch@aurorabaycare.com


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