Lifestyle chances are often recommended as part of irritable bowel treatment, but they aren’t all about changing your diet. In addition to avoiding dietary triggers, your doctor may also suggest that you try exercising to relieve your IBS symptoms.
How Exercise Helps
Many people with IBS find that their symptoms improve when they are getting regular exercise alongside irritable bowel treatment. Getting your body moving can help to prevent digestive problems such as constipation and there are some less direct benefits for IBS too. Exercise can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which are common IBS triggers. It can also improve your general health and help you to shed any excess weight, which can make you feel a lot better.
Tips for Exercising When You Have IBS
Finding something you enjoy doing and getting into a routine that suits you can help when you are trying to exercise regularly. However, you need to be a bit more adaptable when you have IBS. It can help to have a gentler alternative to switch to if your symptoms flare up, until your irritable bowel treatment gets them under control.
It is also a good idea to take your IBS into account when choosing when and where you will exercise. You should avoid exercising for an hour before and after you eat. If you need to stay within easy reach of a bathroom, working out at home or in the gym can be easier than taking up running or cycling. However, with a little extra planning you can still find a route that will take you past places where there are public toilets, just in case.
Exercising can put extra strain on your abdomen, which can make you feel uncomfortable at first, but it is important to persevere. Once your body gets used to regular exercise, it will actually make you feel better.