Let’s Get Physical: Exercise & Hemorrhoids

Couple running in parkIf you’re suffering from hemorrhoids, the last thing you want to do is make the problem worse. But while physical exertion may cause some short-term swelling, exercise won’t do you any harm.

That said, be sure you’re doing the right kind of exercise. Anything that involves downward abdominal pressure, like weight training, can cause more harm. Keep your activity to aerobic exercise like walking, swimming, yoga or running, things that don’t put any downward pressure on your abdomen.

Another exercise that works well to prevent hemorrhoids from happening in the first place is the buttocks press. Just contract and relax the buttock muscles, and you’ll be working to make the sphincter area stronger. Best of all, you can do this exercise during your morning commute, while you’re watching television or anytime that you’re sitting for an extended period of time.

So even if you’re prone to hemorrhoids, don’t let that keep you out of the gym or off the walking trail at your favorite park. Even if you’re receiving treatment for hemorrhoids, there’s no need to give up your favorite activities — just be sure to clear them with your physician. There’s no reason to let hemorrhoids take you away from your favorite physical activities.

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