The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is hosting a virtual event to walk, run and pedal to raise funds and spread awareness about bleeding disorders.
From June 4 until fireworks close out the fourth of July, exercising can do more than improve your health. During NHF’s “Run, White and Blue” event, you can form a team that gets pledges and raises money by putting in the miles. Any funds raised during the course of the event allow NHF to fund innovative research, educate healthcare practitioners and families on the latest treatment options and ensure families have access to health care.
People who have bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia, should exercise and be physically active – as long as it’s in a safe way that’s been approved by their doctor, said Henry Mead, Director of Global Medical Affairs for CSL Behring’s Hematology and Thrombosis Therapeutic Area. Strategies like being part of a charity run, wearing a Fitbit or having an exercise partner can keep you on track.
“The reason book clubs are so successful is because there is accountability. You know you need to finish the book before your meeting or else you won’t be able to discuss it. Exercise can be the same way. If you have someone you go to the gym with that you’re accountable to, you’re more likely to stick with it,” he said.
Other tips Mead offered:
- Ask yourself what you are healthy enough to do and discuss your fitness routine with your healthcare provider. It’s important for people with hemophilia to be sensitive to their joint health and overall health.
- Understand that a couple of weeks of exercise won’t make an impact on a lifetime of health. Have a strategy for how you can create a fitness plan that you will be able to stick to.
- Go for “easy gains” at the beginning. “There is nothing more frustrating than doing things and not seeing any benefit,” Mead said.
- Remember that you are doing this for yourself and those you love. “Your loved ones would like to see you around. Being active and engaged is a benefit that goes well beyond how you look in the mirror,” Mead said.
Find out how to register for the Run, White and Blue event.