Many people suffer from piles which can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Hemorrhoids usually occur when the veins around the anus becomes distended. This can happen due to child birth, constipation, heavy lifting or long periods of sitting.
Typical symptoms include itching and irritation around the anus area. Sometimes as the situation becomes severe bleeding also happens. But there is nothing to worry as there are many measures for treatment of piles.
A sedentary lifestyle can lead to hemorrhoids. Thus, following an active lifestyle and working out can provide some relief. If you are a fitness freak or someone who loves to lead an active lifestyle, hemorrhoids should not come in your way.
What happens when you exercise or workout?
Regular exercise can also help improve digestive health and encourage regular bowel movements. We all are well aware how much exercise is needed for a healthy body. When you work out your cardiovascular system also gets pumped up and provides ample blood circulation.
Certain exercises when performed promote bowel movements and remove constipation. Some of the workouts can even strengthen muscles in the pelvic area and lower back.
Exercise to Treat and Prevent Hemorrhoids
- Pelvic Floor contractions:
These exercises strengthen the muscles around your bladder, bottom and vagina or penis. You can feel your pelvic floor muscles if you try to stop the flow of urine when you go to the toilet. It is not recommended that you stop the flow of urine midstream on a regular basis as it is harmful to the bladder. To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, sit in a comfortable and squeeze the muscles 10-15 times. Give yourselves short breaks between each reps.
- Childs pose (Balasana):
This pose helps increase circulation around your anus. It also relives constipation and relaxes your lower back, hips and legs. This pose also provides massage to your inner organs. To increase pressure to lower abdomen, place your fist or palms on this area.
- Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karini):
This asana can boost circulation to your anus. It also alleviates discomfort and irritation. Lie on the floor near a wall and practice deep steady breathing. Exhale and swing your legs up onto the wall.
- Wind Reliving Pose (Pawanmuktasana):
This pose provides pressure to your abdomen. It helps improve digestive comfort. It also relaxes the muscles in your abdomen, buttocks and anus. If you want to deepen your stretch you can raise your head and tuck your chin into your chest.
- Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana):
This pose can improve and strengthen flexibility in your inner thighs, groin and knees. It can help stimulate your abdominal organs and soothe digestive discomfort.
- Water based exercises like swimming and water aerobics:
Swimming is a good all-round activity as the entire body is involved. All the muscles in the body are active while swimming. water aerobics is a natural way of performing various exercises and thus strengthening the muscles.
Exercises to avoid in hemorrhoids
When you have rectal lumps, it is better to avoid certain strenuous workouts. Some workouts put pressure on your anal area. This can aggravate your existing issues. Horseback riding, rowing and cycling can increase your discomfort. Similar exercises that tend to put pressure on sensitive areas are best avoided.
In the gym where you are weightlifting, inhaling and exhaling breaths can make your hemorrhoids pain worse. If you are into strenuous workouts in your daily routine, then you can change techniques. In this way you can exercise without placing pressure on the affected areas.
Preparing to exercise when you have hemorrhoids
Whatever exercise you might perform, preparing for them in advance can ease discomfort. Staying hydrated can prevent constipation from developing as you go through your exercise. One should wear loose and breathable clothing so on avoid friction in affected areas.
Change your wet clothes post workout as any traces of sweat can cause irritation. Taking a warm bath can also soothe the affected area or reduce the risk of developing new piles. Some people find sitz bath to be soothing. I have already mentioned in my earlier blog what a sitz bath is.
Having Hemorrhoids does not necessarily mean that you have to stop your normal lifestyle. Be cautious and perform your daily activities. Consult a physician if required.