Keep Active - Prevent Hemorrhoids

Published: 29th May 2009
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Exercise is the antidote to so many ailments, including hemorrhoids. As noted in many other articles, people are more likely to get hemorrhoids as we age. And as we age, we may become less physically active. And according to research, males are more likely to suffer from hemorrhoids than females.

The reason exercise helps prevent or treat hemorrhoids is any physical activity will increase blood circulation, efficiently distributing nutrients to every part of our body including the anus. Nutrients are important to strengthen veins in the rectal area. Also, regular exercise helps the digestion of food, thus allowing the food to pass through the body easier.

Research has shown that people with strong muscle tone are less likely to develop hemorrhoids. Simple activities to increase muscle tone are walking, swimming, yoga, or aerobics. The easiest is walking for a minimum of 20 minutes a day

Lifting heaving items can aggravate hemorrhoids, so weight lifting, which adds pressure to the rectal veins (unless done correctly), should be avoided.

Bike riding may be another exercise to avoid if you are in pain and it hurts to sit as a bike seat may cause painful irritation to the hemorrhoids.

In addition to the above types of exercise here are a couple of simple routines which can be done anywhere, anytime.

Buttocks Press
Contract and relax the buttocks muscles. Purpose is to make the sphincter area stronger and better toned.

Standing Erect Pose*
Gradually rise on the toes while raising the hands slowly from the side arms extended, until they are high above the head. Then bend forward as if trying to touch the floor with the finger tips. This done several times each day (for 2 to 3 minutes) will lift the sphincter muscle and is a remedy for hemorrhoids.

So bottom line - get moving. You will start to feel better, find relief and possibly heal your hemorrhoids.

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