Non-aerobic exercises such as swimming, walking and cycling are recommended because they increase lymphatic drainage and improve blood flow through the affected limbs. High impact exercising (i.e. jogging, step-aerobics) should be avoided as they may exacerbate join pain.

Exercising in water is particularly beneficial. It supports painful joints and the pressure of deep water on the legs helps improve lymphatic and venous function. Walking in chest-high water (in a safe place) is especially good because it provides graduated, painless compression to the legs.

Many women with Lipoedema are reluctant to take part in group or public exercises, but it is worth persevering as lack of exercise can lead to increased lack of mobility, which in turn limits the ability to exercise and makes it harder to keep fit.

People with lipoedema should avoid sitting or standing for long periods and always try to build some form of exercising into their daily routine.


Following Edely Wallace’s presentation at Lipoedema UK’s conference in 2015, twelve of our members participated in a 30-minutes-a-day-for-30-days trial of her methods of Lymphatic Yoga®. Several of the members reported very positive results and a decrease in their symptoms and overall measurements.  Edely also demonstrated her methods at the US Fat Disorders Research Society’s (FDRS) Conference 2016. In another recent study by Lymphcare UK,  lymphoedema patients also reported very positive results from Lymphatic Yoga® classes.