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Readers Respond: How Do You Manage to Exercise with IBS?

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Updated October 04, 2012

The discomfort of IBS symptoms can interfere with good intentions to exercise. How do you manage to exercise in spite of your IBS? What tips do you have for preventing IBS symptoms, such as diarrhea, constipation and gas, from interfering with your exercise plans? Tell us how you fit in exercise and find out how others manage to exercise with IBS. Share Your Tips!

dealing with ibs

I have c type ibs. Three things helped me to control it. first psychological treatment, second daily morning brisk walking or jogging, thirdly taking probiotic pills at regular interval. All the best.
—Guest sujay

Interior design

Any kind of exercise could be good or bad. In my case I can manage many types of exercise like Pilates, cross country skiing (to go to work), winter cycling as far as I practice daily my internal exercises design. Otherwise pain is to come with exercise. Internal exercise : burping, farting, deep breathing and decontraction of adominal organs up to pain and all gasses are evacuated. After that, anything can be done... Regards, Larry
—Guest Larry Tremblay

in home exercise

I've been exercising at home for over a decade and it has really worked for me. I'm happy to share a great online resource: www.collagevideo.com . There you will find exercise videos for every type of workout, age group, and fitness level. I suggest a variety because working at home requires dedication and commitment. It's easier to keep that up when you have a variety of dvds to choose from.
—Guest 1moreibsr

Still can't find the right one

I found I can run for a few days which I enjoy, but then my stomach cramps mercilessly for several days. I am going to try yoga.
—Guest Fellow sufferer

jogging and probiotics

i have found that jogging and taking a probiotic pill daily has helped ease my symptoms a lot. i run 3 miles 3 times a week and if i don't my symptoms come back so exercise definitely helps.
—CHuckle317

The best sport ever for IBS relief

I found swimming reduces tension and help in reducing IBS attacks. I used to have a continuous pain, bloating, acidity, fatigue, dizziness .. but after practicing swimming for one hour daily all symptoms disappear and become very less frequent and only when i eat something trigger IBS. Now i enjoy better life with my family and people can see me happy sometimes not like before depressed always. Try to swim daily and if you feel tired after work you can swim early in the morning. . one more advise is that sleep early and have enough sleeping hours min 8 hrs that will help u feel good and happy... also make a friendly relationship with family and colleagues do care about them you will feel the happiness remedy in your gut....
—Guest IBS Victim

ibs and me

most of my time is spent in bathroom dealing with my ibs problem
—Guest kapil

Possible Aid, Here...

I've often read that walking helps with the constipation component of IBS. After trying fast walking on and off for more than 20 years, I've noticed something much better. I put hands in pockets, open my living room door, and I just STROLL - YES, STROLL - and the result is amazing for shifting stools that simply refused to emerge, prior to that. Most times, aiming for a 30 or 45 minutes long stroll, I simply don't get to finish it - the stool and my rectum/anus clearly signal that I should get to the toilet rather quickly...and, bingo - it passes. This SLOW stroll walking may well help some of you who have the constipation component very badly. By all means, try walking, but try...STROLLS up and down, somewhere in your own home or in the garden - wherever you don't feel embarrassed or watched. Take care!
—Guest Ian

Focus on 'core' values:

With a sample size of n=1 (me!) I can at least report that working on my abdominal core muscles through a combination of crunches, planks and some gentle yoga-derived stretches has really helped. I've always been active, but only recently have I paid specific attention to my abdominal muscle groups rather than my legs and arms from biking and hiking. The difference is amazing! I've got IBS-A, and I've noticed that both the diarrhea and constipation are lessened in their frequency and severity, and my abdominal bloating is starting to decrease as well. It's only been about a month of fairly low-impact exercise, but I'm pretty impressed.
—Guest minor_ramblings

IBS Exercise tips

I do small walks or go to the gym making sure that I am close to a bathroom. Also have dumbbells and a triangular dumbbell holder for these. It sits in the corner of my bedroom. Not ideal place but I am in an apartment.
—Guest Suzieque

a bit hit and miss

Fitting exercise into my day is a big problem now that I do a desk job. Lots of people are able to exercise first thing in the morning but my mornings are spent dealing with my IBS. Lunch time seems to be about the best time but I have to time eating very carefully. I've learned to ignore the standard exercise advice in favour of listening to my body. If I get horrendous abdominal pain whilst I'm exercising, I'll stop. Never mind "no pain no gain", IBS pain is really difficult to get rid of once it's started so I prefer not to let it start in the first place. Those small home trampolines are good - you get high impact exercise but can do it whenever it suits you (and your IBS).
—Guest poppy

Hemorrhoids are a Problem

My IBS alternates from IBS-D to IBS-C. Regardless of which one is active, I must make sure to have an empty bowel before exercise or I will have such bad rectal pain that I can no longer continue to walk or run. Then, I end up with a HUGE hemorrhoid. So, I have to wait in the mornings to go to the bathroom, before I can leave the house.
—toniadn

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