Powerful agent against hemorrhoids and rectal fissures
If you already have haemorrhoids or you have other risk factors for haemorrhoids, you need to be careful when doing squats. Try to avoid that Valsalva manoeuvre (tightening of your abdomen) when you are trying to increase strength, because it will increase the pressure in the abdomen and exacerbate an existing haemorrhoid.
There is some controversy in the medical literature about whether squats cause, aggravate or make haemorrhoids better. However, as a general principle, since we know that haemorrhoids are likely to get swollen with any activity that increases the abdominal pressure too often and too suddenly, you should avoid heavy squats.
When you squat, go slowly and make sure you breathe in and out. Don’t do squats all the time too; moderation is always the way to go.
If you have haemorrhoids already or have risk factors for haemorrhoids e.g., heredity, obesity, low fibre diet, chronic constipation or diarrhoea or advanced age, then you also must take steps to reduce your risks. Take adequate amounts of water (8 to 10 glasses daily), eat high fibre foods (fruits and vegetables, brown rice), avoid straining and don’t spend too much time on the toilet seat.