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FitFactor: Yoga May Be the Best Activity for People with Bleeding Disorders

May 9, 2018

Yoga’s Numerous Benefits Yoga is often touted as one of the best activities for people with bleeding disorders because it is low impact, builds flexibility and strengthens joints and muscles, resulting in fewer bleeds. However, there are numerous other benefits that we see upon practicing this sport consistently including building confidence, reducing stress and improving […]

FitFactor: Las ventajas de ir al cuarto de pesas

August 31, 2017

  El entrenamiento con pesas juega un papel importante en mantener su cuerpo en forma y saludable. Es una gran manera para las personas con trastornos de sangrado para fortalecer los músculos y las articulaciones y, al hacerlo, reducir la frecuencia y la gravedad de las hemorragias. Hablamos con Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor en Terapia Física, […]

FitFactor: The Benefits of Hitting the Weight Room

October 31, 2016

Weight training plays an important role in keeping your body fit and healthy. It’s a great way for people with bleeding disorders to strengthen muscles and joints and by doing so, reduce the frequency and severity of bleeds. We spoke with Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor of Physical Therapy, about the benefits of weight training and his […]

FitFactor: Get Your Gears Going!

October 3, 2016

In late September, a group of community members, HFA staff, and sponsors rode, by bike, 156 miles from West Virginia to Washington, D.C. following the old mule tracks next to the C & O Canal. We started out on a Friday in West Virginia and finished at the canal’s beginning in Georgetown on Sunday, spending […]

Hemophilia: Not an Excuse to Be a Couch Potato

April 25, 2016

By Michael Zolotnitsky, PT, DPT Growing up with hemophilia made waking up with bruises, joint pain, or the inability to bear weight on my ankles a normal occurrence. Time and time again, my mother had to drive me to the local hematology clinic to have factor infused. I did not feel like a normal child. I […]

Infusing Love: For the Love of Basketball

February 3, 2016

It is important for individuals with a bleeding disorder to find a form of physical activity that they enjoy. When muscles are used during exercise it helps to keep them flexible and strong.  Physical activity also helps individuals to maintain a healthy weight, which keeps less stress off the joints, and has even proven to […]

Living Fit With von Willebrand Disease

February 13, 2015

One of the most common bleeding disorders in women is von Willebrand Disease (vWD), which occurs in about 1% of the US population. Heavy bleeding is one of the most common problems women report to their doctors. It affects more than 10 million American women each year. This means that about one out of every […]

Determined to Become a “Runner”

January 5, 2015

It is important for individuals with bleeding disorders to participate in some form of physical activity.  Being physically active helps to strengthen one’s muscles, bones and joints.  Having a strong healthy body can be a reduction in the number of bleeding episodes an individual might experience.  Many in the bleeding disorders community are championing the […]

My Journey: Determined to Heal

December 9, 2014

For women carrying the hemophilia gene, getting a proper diagnosis is not easy. By definition, if a woman has clotting factor levels less than 50%, she has mild hemophilia. Many women report that medical professionals are still under the assumption that a bleeding disorder can only affect males. It is these challenges that can make […]

Deciding to Chase the Dream

November 19, 2014

It is important for individuals with a bleeding disorder to find a form of physical activity that they enjoy. When muscles are used during exercise it helps to  keep them flexible and strong.  Physical activity also helps individuals to maintain a healthy weight which keeps less stress off the joints, and has even proven to […]

Mens Health Magazine: Vaughn Ripley

October 28, 2014

Earlier this year we encouraged the bleeding disorders community to vote for Vaughn Ripley, fitness guru living with hemophilia and HIV, during a Men’s Health cover contest. Due to your support, Vaughn received nearly 30,000 votes, earning him the below article in the November edition of the magazine! This article helps to bring awareness and education about […]

Video: Taking Control of Your Health

June 6, 2014

Many individuals with bleeding disorders are finding better health by being physically active.  Matthew Stinger is one such individual.  Matthew, who has hemophilia, has benefited from swimming & biking and one way he gives back to others within the bleeding disorders community is by participating in HFA’s annual Gears for Good bike ride. Learn about Matthew […]

How a Liver Transplant Changed My Life

April 25, 2014

One of the most important things you can do for your health is to have a proper diet. What you put into your body affects how you look and feel. Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for individuals with a bleeding disorder. Being at a healthy weight can reduce the number of bleeding episodes you experience, […]

The Benefits of Martial Arts

April 11, 2014

When considering a physical activity for themselves or their family members with a bleeding disorder, many people overlook the possibility of martial arts. Martial arts can be defined as any of the traditional forms of Oriental self-defense or combat that utilize physical skill and coordination without weapons, such as karate, aikido, judo, or Kung Fu, […]

A Therapeutic Revolution is Underway

January 10, 2014

By Ogden M. Forbes, Ed.D. and Jane Forbes, R.N. Swimming is fun! No doubt about it.  Did you know that because 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?  It’s true and for many […]

Healthier Bodies Bleed Less

October 25, 2013

It is important for individuals with bleeding disorders to participate in some form of physical activity.  Being physically active helps to strengthen one’s muscles, bones and joints.  One of the many benefits of having a strong healthy body can be a reduction in the number of bleeding episodes an individual might experience.  Many in the […]

Community Voices: Taking Control of Your Health

May 30, 2013

 “The only thing standing between you and your goals are the excuses you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve them.” – Unknown Maintaining a balanced diet, staying physically fit, and managing stress are important for everyone, especially those living with a bleeding disorder. A regular, safe exercise program protects the joints, and […]

Taking Care of Me

May 22, 2013

Denial is a funny thing. There were several signs that indicated I needed to take some action about changing my habits and improving my overall health.  I chose to ignore most of those signs, giving myself excuse after excuse: I just don’t have time to exercise; there was a vegetable on my plate at dinner, […]

Breaking the Vicious Cycle

July 20, 2012

Breaking the vicious cycle: investing prophylactic factor use in functional body mass written by:  Ian Muir   Age: 27       Severe Hemophilia A Note: I have been fortunate to have had access to prophylaxis since I was 5 and extremely supportive parents. I have no doubt that these are the two largest contributing factors to my healthy […]

Be Active – Interview with Paul Brayshaw

April 11, 2012

This interview was recorded while Paul was participating in the first annual Gears for Good Bike Ride. He talks about the support and encouragement he received from his parents, and how he will lead by example when sharing life lessons with his newborn son.  

Terry Lamb is a Lion of Exercise

December 3, 2011

Having hemophilia doesn’t mean you or your child must live a sedentary life or be cut off from good opportunities for becoming fit. Just ask Terry Lamb of Virginia. This 59-year-old supporter of the FitFactor program lifts weights 6 days a week and swims on his day off. Back when Terry was born, there was […]

Barry Haarde Shares His Fitness Routine

March 3, 2011

My work out schedule includes weight lifting three times a week, and as you know, a great deal of bicycling. I’m currently riding between 100 and 150 miles on weekends and am doing 30 minute spins on a stationary bike 2 or 3 times during the workweek to supplement that. In ’06, before beginning nearly […]


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