Does Exercise Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Harm?
So many people in our lives tell us that exercise is an important part of being healthy.
But does exercise help Irritable Bowel Syndrome or is it harmful for someone with IBS to exercise?
Just the thought of exercise for someone with IBS can be torturous.
If your abdomen is cramped and hurting, why would you want to go to the gym?
I’ve got some interesting points to make on this subject that are worth checking out!
To The Point
Can exercise help IBS? Yes, but trick answer.
If you have IBS, intense exercises can potentially make it worse.
Stick to light exercises, you can always increase the intensity if need be.
Take Control With An Exercise Routine
Having a regular routine is helpful for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
You won’t magically have a routine from the start, but as you are able to determine triggers and experience less flare ups, you will find a routine that works best for you!
My exercise routine is scheduled around the times that I eat to allow for the best exercises that will not worsen my symptoms.
Exercise can help reduce stress as well as ease certain IBS symptoms.
- DO participate in light exercises
- DO have a work out routine
- DO stay hydrated throughout the work outs
- DON’T try intense exercises (running, sprinting, etc.)
- DON’T eat directly before working out
- DON’T overwork yourself
Best Exercises for IBS
I always thought yoga was overrated, but if you haven’t tried it, it’s AMAZING!
Yoga can help people with many different conditions, including digestive illnesses like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Yoga is a great way to relax while also easing pain in different areas of the body and strengthening muscles, while becoming more flexible.
The greatest thing about yoga is that it’s a physical and spiritual practice, giving you a well-rounded experience.
The Best Yoga Exercises For IBS
There are specific yoga poses that can benefit those of us with Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I really like these three books below, as they offer a lot of information and really great poses for people with digestive issues.
How about a nice stroll through the park? Or even around your house!
I don’t know about you, but I love going for a walk on a nice day, just taking everything in from outside.
Walking can help ease the pain of cramps and break up gas bubbles trapped in the body.
I also can’t tell you how many times I had awful abdominal pains and a quick walk worked wonders!
A casual swim in the pool is a great, light exercise.
I’m not talking about swimming laps for speed here.
I’m talking about a nice relaxing swim across the pool.
I find that swimming across the pool for 20 minutes is a great exercise that doesn’t feel strenuous.
The Top Exercises for IBS-C Plus More!
The Constipation book is a great resource for people with IBS-C.
This book outlines some great exercises to relieve constipation.
On top of the exercise tips you get a wealth of information on the subject, plus diet and nutrition information for constipation.
If you have chronic constipation, you need this in your life!
One Last Reminder
The next time you’re experiencing the pains and discomfort of IBS, skip the part where you ask yourself “does exercise help Irritable Bowel Syndrome?” and just get right to it!
It’s easy to talk yourself out of doing anything during an IBS attack, but these light exercises can help tremendously.