Rumors have it that too much exercising may cause hemorrhoids. But now is the time to separate the truth from the myth. Once and for all, will exercise make you suffer from hemorrhoids? Read more to find out.
Exercising vs Too Much Exercise
There’s a fine line between regular exercises and too much exercising. And both could affect the way your body reacts to the known hemorrhoid triggers.
Doctors define hemorrhoids as the lumps of tissues that form in the anus. These lumps contain inflamed blood vessels that may eventually cause irritation, sporadic bleeding, and painful bowel movement.
There are several exercises that may contribute to the formation of these lumps. Weight lifting, for one, is a very common reason why hemorrhoids form. Every time a person lifts weight, he strains his muscles, affecting more particularly the blood vessels in the anus. As such, they tend to enlarge. This is why hemorrhoids are believed to be caused by too much exercising.
However, regular exercises such as:
- and Yoga
rarely cause hemorrhoids. If anything, subjecting your body to it on a regular basis will prevent its occurrence. As a matter of fact, simple exercises can get your blood flowing normally. And that can be a great way to prevent blood clots from accumulating in the anus.
Should You Stop Exercising?
If you ask a doctor, he will not likely ask you to stop exercising, especially if a hemorrhoid is diagnosed or if you are not prone to developing them. What he may advise instead is for you to reduce the intensity of your exercises, possibly just remove all routines that may cause you to strain too much.
Generally speaking, you need not be concerned about hemorrhoids if there are no symptoms showing up. However, once they do, which is it is usually characterized by a lump of muscle in the anal area, you must tell your doctor about it so as to promptly address the concern.
The other signs that a hemorrhoid is forming are:
- Itching in the anal area
- Difficulty in moving bowel
- Blots of blood in the tissue or toilet bowl
What to do with hemorrhoids
There is really no need to press the panic button right away if and when hemorrhoids form. This is because most of them tend to go away on their own even without any treatment performed. What you can do for first aid are the following:
- Reduce your load when exercising
- Stop lifting or pushing weights altogether
- Use anti-hemorrhoids suppositories or creams easily available over-the-counter
- Sit in a warm bath for 15 minutes