One of the perks I guess of having sickle cell is that it keeps me in my ideal weight zone. My BMI never goes above 20, mainly because when I do start gaining weight...one crises has the power of taking off 10 pounds in a week. Right now I'm a luscious 135...my ideal weight for my height but I know that in the next few months I'll be down to 125 and trying to eat my weight up.
So I guess you could say it's our own little weight loss plan...hahaha. I do exercise though, because I love exercising, it gives me endorphins...and endorphins supposedly make you happy. Don't I sound like a ray of frickin' sunshine? Plus I'm trying to build up the muscle tone in my arms, so that I start having nice veins once again. It takes 12-18 months for the body to create new venous pathways, so I really have to tone up those arms hardcore.
I read somewhere that yoga is really good for people with sickle cell. This is I guess because all that stretching helps move those clumpy cells all around the body and away from the problem areas. I think I might take it up soon, and consult my own little investigation.