Hemorrhoids and Exercise

Hemorrhoids and Exercise

Hemorrhoids and Exercise


Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are a common medical problem. While there is no cure, there are ways to help manage the symptoms and reduce flare-ups. One of the most effective ways to manage hemorrhoids is through exercise. Exercising regularly can help reduce pain, improve circulation and strengthen your muscles, all of which can help relieve the symptoms of hemorrhoids. Let’s take a look at why and how exercise can help manage hemorrhoids.

Stop right there! Before we look at all of these, let me answer the question of why in the world am I talking about this now.

My Story

So, as you know I’m trying to help out those who don’t have equipment and want to exercise at home. Plus, I’m about to turn 61 and I want to help out my fellow senior men and women. Well, in that case, I’m sure sometime in your life you’ve experienced or know someone who has experienced hemorrhoids.

A couple of weeks ago my butt feels sore and I’m thinking “oh, I’m a little constipated so I better drink more fluids than usual to get past this.” Well, next morning I’m taking my shower and washing my butt and I can feel a protrusion (hemorrhoid) and not I’m like, “well, it’s not constipation but a hemorrhoid.”

So, I try to take it easy and not aggravate it. That didn’t work out as planned. I went to sleep that night and when I woke up it had broken. This was evidenced by the blood on my shorts. I could see it had stopped and was continually bleeding so I used our apartment bidet and carefully cleaned up.

Before we go any further, let me say if you have blood from a hemorrhoid(s) don’t hesitate to visit your doctor and make sure everything is okay and see what he has to say. And, anytime I am searching for something to do with health I was like to check Mayo Clinic first. I want to see a reputable answer not someone who doesn’t know or someone who is advertising something.

At the time; however, I didn’t know that bleeding hemorrhoids could be a real problem. I went by my knowledge and experience with bleeding and as long as it was not bleeding unstopped I figured it was okay. It took about a week before my movement while sleeping didn’t cause it to bleed anymore.

I’m going on my third week and it still bleeds a little bit with a bowel movement, but I clean using the bidet and take a shower after if it’s in the morning. I also soak in the tub after the bidet if it’s at night for about 15 minutes.

Benefits of Exercise

Exercise provides numerous benefits for those who suffer from hemorrhoids. Regular exercise helps improve circulation throughout your body, including to the rectal area where hemorrhoidal veins live. This improved circulation helps reduce inflammation and irritation in the affected area by providing more oxygen-rich blood to nourish the veins and nerves in that region. Improving circulation also reduces pressure on these veins that can lead to an increase in swelling and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.

Exercise can also help strengthen your core muscles and abdominal muscles, which in turn helps support your anal area better when you sit or stand for long periods of time. Stronger muscles will also give you more control over your bowel movements, which can prevent constipation caused by straining during bowel movements—a leading cause of hemorrhoidal flare-ups.

Types of Exercise for Hemorrhoid Management

Hemorrhoids and Exercise
Hemorrhoids and Exercise – Swimming

The best type of exercise for managing hemorrhoids is any low-impact aerobic activity such as walking, swimming or biking. These types of activities provide all the benefits mentioned above without putting too much strain on your body or aggravating your condition further. If you don’t have access to a pool or bike, then jogging around your neighborhood or doing some light stretching at home are great alternatives that still offer similar benefits for managing hemorrhoid symptoms. It’s important that you consult with a doctor before starting any new exercise routine if you suffer from any other health conditions that may be affected by physical activity such as high blood pressure or diabetes.


For those suffering from hemorrhoids, regular exercise has many potential benefits in helping to reduce symptoms and provide relief from flare-ups associated with this condition. Low-impact aerobic activities are ideal since they provide all the necessary benefits without putting extra strain on your body or aggravating existing conditions further than need be.

However, it’s important to consult with a doctor before starting any new exercise routine if you suffer from other health conditions that could be affected by physical activity such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

With proper guidance and regular practice, exercising regularly can provide tremendous relief from painful hemorrhoid flare-ups while promoting overall health and well being!

Hemorrhoids and Exercise – Prevention

Prevention is much better approach so you don’t have to manage them afterwards.

As you know from up above, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum or anus, usually caused by straining during bowel movements. There are several methods of prevention that can help reduce the risk of developing them. One of these methods is exercise. Exercise helps to promote healthy digestion and can also reduce stress, two factors which can play a role in preventing hemorrhoids. Let’s take a look at how exercise can help keep your body healthy and free from hemorrhoids.

The Benefits of Exercise

Regular exercise is an important part of staying healthy and fit, but it also has many other benefits that may not be immediately apparent. The most well-known benefit of exercise is its ability to reduce stress, which can have a direct impact on your digestive health. Stress causes the body to produce more cortisol, which relaxes the muscles in the intestines and makes it harder for food to pass through the digestive system. As we know, constipation is one of the leading causes of hemorrhoids, so reducing stress through regular exercise can help prevent them from forming.

Exercise also promotes regular bowel movements by improving circulation throughout the body. Good circulation helps ensure that food moves through your intestines quickly and efficiently, reducing strain when you go to the bathroom. Additionally, exercising regularly helps strengthen your abdominal muscles which are important for maintaining good posture when you go to use the restroom; this posture helps ensure that there is less pressure on your rectal veins while passing stool.

Ways to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Life

If you’re new to exercise or have been out of shape for a while, it may seem daunting at first to incorporate regular physical activity into your life. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make this process easier! Start off small – try going for a 10-minute walk each day or taking up yoga classes once per week; gradually increase your activity levels as you become more comfortable exercising regularly. You don’t need to join an expensive gym or buy fancy equipment; simply getting outside for some fresh air or doing simple exercises at home such as jumping jacks or squats will help get you started!

Here’s a very short article on Health and Fitness over 60, we’ll be adding lots more content in the months to come.


Exercise is an important part of staying healthy and preventing hemorrhoids from forming. Regular physical activity helps reduce stress levels as well as improve circulation throughout your body, both of which play an essential role in promoting healthy digestion and avoiding constipation – one major cause behind hemorrhoid formation. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or have been exercising for years; all types of people can benefit from incorporating physical activity into their lives in order to stay healthy and prevent uncomfortable medical conditions like hemorrhoids from occurring!

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