Moving Forward
11/30/2013

Exercise: It’s Not Just For Your Body

Exercise program for acromegalyLiving with acromegaly often involves coping with changes to your body and health-related quality of life. Sometimes these changes can take an emotional toll, especially when it comes to your perception of your body image. It is important that the effect acromegaly may have on your emotional and/or psychological well-being is not overlooked.

In fact, a recent study found that physical exercise makes a positive impact on self-perception of body image in patients with acromegaly.

In a 3-month study, investigators evaluated the effect of exercise on health-related quality of life, symptoms of depression, and perception of body image in patients with acromegaly. Eleven patients in the study group completed a 75-minute exercise program 3 days a week. The exercise routine began with a warm up, followed by cardio, strength exercises involving all muscle groups, and balance training. The routine concluded with a series of stretching exercises. At the end of each month, the difficulty of the exercises was increased.

At the beginning of the study, participants answered a questionnaire about their quality of life, depression symptoms they may have been experiencing, and their self-perception and body image. They then completed the same questionnaire again 3 months later, when the study ended.

Compared with 9 patients in the control group who did not participate in any exercise sessions, the active participants in the study group showed a significant improvement in how they viewed their body image. In other words, in addition to being beneficial for your body, exercise may actually help to improve the self-perceptions of patients with acromegaly.

Exercising regularly may make a positive impact on your daily life and leave you feeling better about yourself as you move forward on your journey with acromegaly. Of course, always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program to make sure it’s right for you.

Be sure to watch for more exercise articles in upcoming e-bulletins!

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