Can I lift weights with hemorrhoids?

Dr Jelena Radovanovic Situations in which we can strain the veins in the rectal or anal area are causing Hemorrhoids such as sitting on the toilet for prolonged periods of time or straining with bowel movements.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids may sometimes be brought on by activity such as heavy weight lifting as well.

The exertion from lifting weights puts pressure on your abdomen and can either worsen existing hemorrhoids or create new hemorrhoids. The abdominal pressure that builds up when you are weight lifting is similar to the pressure your body creates when you strain to have a bowel movement.

If you are already suffering from hemorrhoids, and your routine include strenuous exercise or weightlifting, you should practice proper breathing and lifting techniques to minimize the symptoms or even make them completely disappear.

These tips also are quite effective in preventing the onset to begin with.

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When you are lifting weight, try to keep the effort confined to the muscle you are exercising as much as possible, and relax your pelvic muscles (sphincter). That should minimize the problem.

Proper breathing is also important. You will reduce your risk of hemorrhoids during weight lifting if you practice your breathing, inhale an exhale in appropriate rhythm. You should avoid to holding your breath while pushing your weights. Instead, take a breath before lifting, and then hold your breath, exhaling the air slowly in appropriate rhythm, completely after each repetition.

Practicing this style of breathing will reduce the pressure you can place on your abdominal organs as you strain by lifting or pushing something heavy, which can also help you avoid other internal injuries like hernia for example. Also, you may want try to lift lighter weights for with more repetitions instead of straining to lift heavy weights.

When you follow these guidelines, don’t forget to stay hydrated during exercise and ensure proper clothing choices which don’t irritate the area. Generally speaking there is no reason why you should not be able to practice your activity with weights but with cautious and proper technique.

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