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Can Exercise Ease My Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms?

IBS Physical activity may ease your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms and also prevent them from getting worse. IBS is marked by daily symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping and either diarrhea, constipation or both. While anxiety, stress and depression do not cause IBS, there is a correlation between the two. If stress causes IBS symptoms to worsen, then reducing stress can keep symptoms at bay.

Get Moving

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which reduce anxiety, stress and pain. Endorphins also help your digestive system work properly and may help with regular bowel function. If you’d like to begin an exercise regimen to combat your IBS symptoms, first talk with your doctor at GI North.

There are many forms of exercise that may be beneficial for IBS symptom relief and some of them may include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Cardiovascular exercise (rigorous walking, running, swimming,cycling, aerobics)
  • Breathing exercises
  • Prayer and meditation

Try exercising for no less than 30 minutes a day/ 5 days a week to relieve abdominal pain and cramping, and to regulate bowel movements. Again, talk with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

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