Exercise and diet are two major factors that affect digestive health. In fact, a team of French physicians found that moderate exercise, which they defined as broadly as taking a brisk 30-minute walk five times a week (or jogging for 20 minutes three times (or more) a week), really can make a difference. And, they added, more is better, so use these as a starting point for your own regimen. The bottom line? A healthy, regular digestive process goes a long way in preventing the development of developing hemorrhoids.
But like anything else, the wrong kind of exercise can cause more problems than it relieves. If you’ve been suffering from hemorrhoids, make sure that your exercise regimen doesn’t involve a lot of downward thrusting, such as what happens when you lift weights or do specific types of yoga. Instead, opt for walking, running or aerobics, which get the blood pumping, but not all toward your backside.
Need more motivation? More than three dozen indicate that exercise can lower your risk of colon cancer by 20 percent or more, so now’s the perfect time to get up and get moving. And with a little pre-planning, your workout will benefit your heart, and the only burn you feel will be in tired, healthy muscles.