Exercising to Help Your IBS

Participating in a regular exercise program is beneficial to your health. Now, a new study suggests that exercise can also relieve some of the unpleasant symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), particularly constipation.

The study, conducted by the University of Birmingham researchers, included 56 people who had IBS. The study participants were separated into two groups: those who received standard irritable bowel syndrome treatment and those who engaged in an exercise program.

The participants in the exercise program engaged in moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minute sessions, five times per week for 12 weeks. Following the 12 week study period, patients in the exercise control-group reported greater improvements in their constipation symptoms when compared to the standard IBS treatment group. Researchers noted that these findings are encouraging, since IBS sufferers commonly refrain from exercise due to their abdominal symptoms or fear they will have a sudden flare up of diarrhea.

For irritable bowel syndrome sufferers, partaking in a regularly scheduled exercise may help reduce binge eating, which may aggravate gastrointestinal discomfort. Regular exercise may help the bowel muscles contract more normally. In addition, exercise can reduce stress levels, which is a known trigger for irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

If you have irritable bowel syndrome and are considering adding an exercise program to your daily routine, speak with your Hollywood, Los Angeles, Culver City or Beverly Hills proctologist before beginning. It’s a good idea to avoid caffeine, hot drinks, fatty foods, or gas producing meals before intense exercise such as running. Additionally, wait two hours after eating before exercising. Lastly, use the bathroom before exercising, and know where restrooms are located at your place of exercise.