Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates, and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
Swimming is often recommended as an ideal form of exercise for people with bleeding disorders for a few different reasons. To begin with, swimming allows one to strengthen their muscles in a way that doesn’t put weight on the joints, and therefore reduces the likelihood of bleed due to impact or pressure. It also enables […]
When considering a physical activity for themselves or their family members with a bleeding disorder, many people overlook the possibility of martial arts. It is a sport that can be considered for its many benefits beyond building muscle tone, flexibility and general health. Some of the biggest benefits that come from practicing any of the […]
Riding a bicycle is a great way to have fun, exercise and stay healthy. Whether your child is just learning to ride or has been on a bicycle for years, it is always important to encourage him or her to ride safely. Teaching children how to stay safe on a bike when they are young can create safety habits they […]
On September 27-29, 2013, 28 riders from across the country rode 156-miles from West Virginia to Washington, DC to raise awareness and over $51,000 for the bleeding disorders community! This year HFA has added a second ride to increase ridership and raise even more awareness and funds for the hemophilia community. The additional and shorter […]
In September, 28 riders biked 156 miles and raised over $51,000 for the bleeding disorders community during our annual charity bike ride. Check out this NEW video to meet the riders, hear what motivated them to do this, learn where all the funds raised went, and information about how you can get involved next year! […]
The mental aspect of running is half the battle. This final video in the series will inspire you to set realistic goals, and determine the best approach to incorporating running or walking into your weekly/daily wellness routine. So get on board, set short and long-term goals, and feel good about getting fit!! FitFactor is here to […]
Along with having proper form, stretching and building core strength are other ways to remain injury free while running and walking. The movements shared in this fourth video of our running and walking series, highlights a variety of movements to do before and after your run/walk. These postures will also help you build strength and […]
Having proper form is crucial for all who decide to run or walk as a method of exercise, however, it is extremely important for those with a bleeding disorder. Learning the proper form will help protect your joints and reduce the number of bleeds. In this third video of our running/walking series, we introduce you […]
Running and walking are often deemed safe activities for individuals with hemophilia. They are both great forms of exercise and just about anyone can do them, all you really need to get started is a good pair of sneakers. However, running and walking are not without risk. In this second video of our running/walking series, we […]
Running and walking are often deemed safe activities for individuals with hemophilia. They are frequently recommended because they don’t have take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, but can make a big difference in how you feel and in your overall health. Remember, healthy bodies bleed less! In this first video of our running/walking series, we introduce […]
There are many benefits of meditation. If you practice this guided meditation regularly it can help you stay positive towards yourself and others. It can also help to keep you calm in difficult situations and reduce irritation and anger. Kindness is an antidote for anger and irritation.
Respiración profunda (Sentados en el suelo) – La respiración es esencial para la vida y es una de las funciones más vitales. En el yoga y otros ejercicios, el respirar adecuadamente aporta más oxígeno a la sangre y al cerebro, y controla el Chi/Prana o energía vital. Cuando uno respira, el cuerpo trata distribuir el […]
Estiramiento de la espalda – Este ejercicio estira los músculos de un lado de la espalda y del abdomen, mientras que, al mismo tiempo, contrae los músculos en el otro lado. El calentamiento de la espalda con éste ejercicio puede mejorar la circulación de la sangre en los nervios de columna vertebral, los vasos sanguíneos […]
Movimiento giratorio de hombros – El rodar los hombros lentamente es una forma excelente de relajar la tensión en los hombros y en el cuello y también puede ayudar a mejorar el encorvamiento de la espalda. Esta postura se puede hacer sentado en el suelo o en una silla. Beneficios • Extiende y mejora la […]
Ejercicio para el pecho – Este ejercicio trabaja los músculos principales del tórax, los hombros y los tríceps. Es un ejercicio en el que lentamente se calientan los músculos, se aumenta la flexibilidad y la fuerza en la columna vertebral. Esta postura se puede hacer sentado en el suelo o en una silla. Beneficios • […]
Cycling is considered a safe, non-contact activity for those with hemophilia. Cycling is a great way to increase cardiovascular endurance, lose weight, and increase muscle tone. It is also good for the environment; riding a bike instead of driving reduces pollution and makes the air easier to breathe. Although cycling can be fun, adults need […]
Cycling is a fun and popular activity among kids. With more children becoming overweight, encouraging your child to be more active and ride their bike can help lead them to a healthier lifestyle. This video will share a few tips to help you keep your child safe on a bicycle.
Bicycling is very often recommended as a safe type of exercise for people who have hemophilia. We encourage bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation to a motor vehicle and as a great form of exercise. Please check with your physician or physical therapist before cycling. This video will share a few basics tips on […]
This video will review the benefits of aquatics exercise, and how adults with hemophilia can stay healthy and safe. Since water provides relief from impact on our joints while still providing resistance to our muscles it is a great place for people who have hemophilia to build stronger bodies. This video segment will show you […]
This swimming video will review the benefits, pros and cons for swimming laps, and how children and adults with hemophilia can stay healthy and safe in the pool. It will introduce you to lap swimming as a form or exercise and competition that may suit us well. People with hemophilia, especially those who have experienced […]
Part 2: Click the image below to listen a 10-minute relaxation audio recording (lower body). Find a comfortable place to sit or rest on your back. Use a pillow to support your back if needed. You can listen to this recording in your office, at home, or before heading to bed. CLICK […]
Click the image below to listen a 8-minute relaxation audio recording. Find a comfortable place to sit or rest on your back. Use a pillow to support your back if needed. You can listen to this recording in your office, at home, or before heading to bed.
This swimming video segment will show how pools can be a great place for kids to play, how water can help protect vulnerable joints, and it will provide some safety tips for using swimming pools. A swimming pool can be a sort of anti-gravity chamber, the buoyancy of the water decreases the amount of impact […]
Breathing is essential for life and is one of our most vital functions. In yoga and other exercises, proper breathing brings more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and controls Prana/Chi or the vital life energy. While breathing you strive to distribute your
The spinal twist stretches the muscles on one side of the back and abdomen while, at the same time, contracting the muscles on the other side.
Gentle shoulder rolls are an excellent way to release shoulder and neck tension and counteract shoulders that hunch forward. This posture can be done seated on the floor or in a chair. Benefits Gently stretches and improves flexibility in the shoulder joints. Strengthens muscles between shoulder blades. Relieves neck and shoulder tension. /p>
Chest Press works the major muscles of the chest, shoulders and triceps. It is an outstanding exercise to slowly warm and increase flexibility and strength in the spine. This posture can be done seated on the floor or in a chair. Benefits Supports back by engaging abs. Stretches the low, mid and upper back, the […]
Breathing is essential for life and is one of our most vital functions. In yoga and other exercises, proper breathing brings more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and controls Prana/Chi or the vital life energy. While breathing you strive to distribute your breath evenly throughout your entire lungs-top and bottom, left and […]
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