Cycling and Hemorrhoids

Female biker with helmet posing next to a bikeIf you suffer from hemorrhoids, some exercises may be easier and more enjoyable than others. Vigorous exercise is beneficial for people with hemorrhoids, but which exercises are best? Working out with hemorrhoids can be quite painful. Hemorrhoids develop when veins around the rectum and anus become swollen and inflamed. They can be very sore and itchy. Certain exercises may be more comfortable than others when hemorrhoid flare-ups occur.

According to, riding a bicycle does not cause hemorrhoids but could certainly aggravate existing hemorrhoids. Because cycling puts pressure on the rectal area, riding a bicycle may cause an increase in pain and swelling if you have hemorrhoids. Bearing down on the bike seat reduces blood flow to the tailbone area and could cause strain on the blood vessels. Sitting for long periods of time in the same position is not recommended, and you may experience more pain the longer you ride.

Other exercises that may not be comfortable are horseback riding and rowing. Weight lifting may seem to be safe, yet it puts pressure on the lower back with can irritate hemorrhoids. Walking, running, tennis, swimming, aerobics or Pilates are better choices for exercise because they do not increase weight and pressure on the affected areas. Exercises that increase muscle tone are particularly beneficial for preventing or improving hemorrhoids.

Exercise is important for blood flow, digestion and for weight loss. Just because you have hemorrhoids does not mean that you cannot stay active. Removing excess pounds will help take pressure off of your veins, so find some exercises that you enjoy and make exercising a lifelong habit. If you are an avid cycler and cannot give up riding when your hemorrhoids flare, take shorter bike rides, purchase a wider bikes seat or use a gel cushioned seat that will provide you with a softer surface. If you would like more information about safe ways to exercise, talk to your doctor.


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