Exercising Even With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Exercising Even With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

October 04, 2018

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a horrific condition to have. Your skin can sprout red itchy bumps that can break open and let out pus that is often smelly. It can also produce lumps under the skin that are painful with tunnels connecting each other that can also leak pus and worse of all it heals very slowly.

But despite these setbacks people who suffer from this condition are still able to live a normal life and one of the aspects of living a normal life is to exercise freely without being hampered by your condition. Hidradenitis suppurativa makes exercising a lot more difficult all because physical exertion leads to sweating and for someone with this condition that’s a major liability.

Fortunately there are ways to go around this and so people with hidradenitis suppurativa can still get fit without having to suffer too much from their condition.

Get Fit Without Sweating

There are exercises you can partake in that won’t make you sweat too much, which is very important for someone with hidradenitis suppurativa. Even the slightest trigger of the sweat glands can already aggravate your condition so try out these exercises because they can help you become fit without sweating profusely.


An exercise that is based on yoga and dancing Pilates can help you build muscles without sweating too much. Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, this form of exercise rely on coordinated movements, balancing and proper breathing to build muscle strength and improve flexibility. Since the movements are controlled and speed is not required to perform each movement there is little to no sweating that occurs.


There are variations of yoga and for people with hidradenitis suppurativa they should opt to partake in those types of yoga that focus more on stretching and restorative aspects. Yoga exercises such as the Mountain Pose, the Raised Arms Pose, the Standing Forward Bend, the Garland Pose, the Lunge Pose and the Staff Pose and Seated Forward Bend can help build your muscles, make you more flexible without making you sweat too much.

Water Fitness

Of course taking a dip in the pool is one of the best ways to exercise with hidradenitis suppurativa because even if you sweat in the pool the water just washes it away immediately. Also, swimming is considered to be the best form of exercise because it targets all the important muscles and is a good way to strengthen your lungs with minimal to zero injuries to your joints et al.

You can swim a few laps in the pool or if you want to try something uncommon there are a few exercises designed specifically for the swimming pool. You can try exercises such as Poolates, wherein you perform exercises similar to Pilates while in the pool. You can also try jogging in the pool if you really want to work out that heart of yours.

Tai Chi

Try using this ancient Chinese martial art and you can build your muscles, relieve your stress, and strengthen your heart and lungs without breaking a sweat. The controlled and slow movements in Tai Chi can give you the fitness regimen you need without making you sweat too much, which is perfect for people with hidradenitis suppurativa.


One of the simplest fitness regimens can still make you fit without making you sweat. Instead of walking briskly to get your heart pumping (because brisk walking can make you sweat profusely this isn’t advisable for people with hidradenitis suppurativa) try walking long distances to get your daily fitness quota. Also, walk when it’s cool outside or walk inside an air-conditioned track in order to prevent sweating.

There are many ways to exercise even with a debilitating condition such as hidradenitis suppurativa. All it takes is a little bit of willpower and a lot of creativity and you can become healthier without triggering your condition.

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