Exercise and Hemorrhoids

yogaExercise benefits the body in countless ways. It strengthens the cardiovascular and respiratory system, burns calories, builds muscle tone, lowers blood pressure, removes toxins from the body, releases endorphins and improves blood flow. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, you may think that your condition limits your options for exercise. However, exercise is one of the most important activities that you should do to ease your hemorrhoids. 

Hemorrhoids develop when blood vessels in the anus and rectum become inflamed, enlarged, obstructed or even infected. Hemorrhoids can be internal or external, and they can be equally painful and annoying. Often, inadequate blood flow is the main contributor. Hemorrhoids are mostly caused by pregnancy, constipation and straining, loose rectal muscles or being overweight. Adding a regular exercise routine will help improve blood circulation to the genital area and anus and can make a dramatic difference.

Choosing the correct type of exercise to control hemorrhoids is extremely important. Obviously, certain exercises will be better than others. Avoid exercises that put strain on the rectum and anus such as cycling, horseback riding and rowing. Try some of these exercises several times per week, and listen to your body to see which activity is best for you; you should always speak with a doctor before starting any new exercise program:

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Tennis
  • Aerobics

Along with exercise, incorporate kegel exercises into your daily routine. Kegels involve tightening the genital muscles and pelvic floor and can be done at any time, whether standing or sitting. Try five sets of kegels per day, with 10-15 kegels per set. 

Finally, try yoga that focuses on the abdominals, hips and thighs. Focused exercise in the core- to-thigh area targets the muscle groups that control the blood flow to the anus and rectum and will bring faster results.


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