exercise and digestive disorders

How Does Exercise Affect Digestive Disorders?

Everyone knows that regular exercise offers many health related benefits. However, it is not always easy to exercise, especially if you have one or more digestive disorders. You need to be careful what you do, or your exercise could cause more harm than good.

If you have a digestive disorder, you should do exercises that minimize impact. Choose low impact exercises that you can manage comfortably, without triggering unpleasant symptoms. By concentrating on exercises that make your pelvic muscles stronger at first, you will then be able to move on to regular exercises without risking your health.

Constipation is one of the most common disorders that exercise can help to relieve; by not exercising, you can actually make it worse. When you exercise, this reduces the amount of time your food takes to move through your large intestine. This decreases the amount of fluid that is absorbed into the body from your stools. Harder stools are more difficult to expel.

Do aerobic exercises to boost your heart rate and breathing and stimulate your intestinal muscles so they contract, because that helps push the stools out of your body much faster. Walking even 15 minutes a day can help reduce constipation. You can also try swimming, dancing, jogging or running.

You shouldn’t exercise right after a big meal, because your blood flow will go to your heart and muscles, when it should go to your intestines and stomach, to assist in the digestive process. Wait at least two hours after your meal. However, it is always best to exercise on an empty stomach.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are other digestive problems you may face, and each one of them has its own specific exercises that can be of great help.

It is important to talk to your doctor if you have a digestive disorder. Resist the temptation of exercising on your own, as some exercises may make your problem worse. If you are under 16, elderly or pregnant, you must speak to your doctor at first, as exercise can affect you differently in comparison with the rest of the population.

If you ride a bike on a regular basis, that can ease heartburn. Few people are aware of this, but running can actually cause some digestive disorders such as diarrhea, nausea and reflux. On the other hand, pilates can reduce stress and anxiety, which often cause digestive problems.

You can’t simply look at exercise alone when you are trying to prevent digestive disorders. Consider the foods you eat as well. Maybe you don’t chew your food thoroughly, so it is harder to digest. Perhaps you eat too much junk food. You may simply eat too much food. These are all possible causes of constipation, heartburn, diarrhea and other issues.

The right nutrition will help keep you healthy and will also supply you with enough energy to exercise and help you avoid digestive disorders.

If you are going to play a sport, choose one that won’t cause more problems for you. Every physical sports may affect you adversely, so you may wish to play something that gives you the option of exercising, without the physical contact aspects of other sports.

If you have any digestive disorders, the right exercises can help reduce or eliminate the problems. Talk to your doctor and choose the best exercises to make you feel better and help you lead as normal a life as possible.

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