Anyone who suffers from lipedema knows how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Frequent, low-impact exercise such as walking not only energizes the body but stimulates the brain by releasing endorphins. This combination is beneficial for lipedema patients to help prevent depression, clear out excess lymph fluid, and burn fat. Workouts that aren’t too strenuous help move excess fluids out of affected limbs, as well as reduce additional fat buildup. It is always best to consult with an expert such as Dr. Marcia Byrd at the Lipedema Surgery Center in Atlanta, GA, before starting an exercise program to rule out any physical limitations.
Benefits of Exercise
- Promotes lymphatic circulation
- Helps maintain muscle mass and mobility
- Reduces additional fat buildup
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If you suffer from lipedema, exercise is one of the most important aspects of treatment. With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start walking routinely, if you have not done so already. The key is to start slowly and build stamina gradually. Before you hit the pavement, it is important to wear the correct attire.
- You must wear compression garments to help promote blood circulation and lymph fluid flow, which can be severely inhibited in lipedema patients.
- Supportive footwear is necessary to prevent strain, joint pain, and knee degeneration.
Now that you are ready, start with a flat surface and take your time. Only walk as far as you are able keeping in mind the return journey. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t walk as far as you would like; your stamina will build each time you walk. Eventually you can increase the distance and navigate inclines. Most of all have fun!
Once you have completed your walk, promptly remove sweaty clothing along with compression garments to prevent skin irritation and shower. Take time to rehydrate by adding a fresh lemon slice to your water. Lemons are loaded with healthy benefits that reduce inflammation, boost energy, and flush toxins. How many times per week should you walk? Consult with Dr. Marcia Byrd to formulate an exercise regime specific to your ability. Get out there and enjoy spring.
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Dr. Marcia Byrd cares for lipedema patients throughout the United States and Canada. Locally, she services the North Atlanta, GA, area including Roswell, GA; Alpharetta, GA; Milton, GA; Woodstock, GA; Canton, GA; Dunwoody, GA; Sandy Springs, GA, and more. If you would like to contact us to discuss lipedema surgery, call 770.587.1711 today. Be the best you can be and live a full life; there is no reason to wait.