Dr Jelena Radovanovic
As you know hemorrhoids are enlarged veins in your rectum and anus. Sometimes patients will not have any symptoms, but in most cases, they can lead to itching, burning, bleeding, and discomfort, especially in sitting positions.
Over time, they can get bigger, and if you have a hard stool, it scrapes them and they can bleed.
Even though you may not be motivated to exercise when your hemorrhoids are giving you a pain, walking or even taking a hike is a good way to get the blood flowing better and help the healing process.
The tissue around the hemorrhoids is inflamed and swollen so it is important to choose low impact activities that do not cause friction or strain.
Brisk walking is a great rhythm to start - walk fast enough to bring the heart rate up. A good rule you can follow is that it should take an effort to carry on a conversation with a walking partner. If you are strolling comfortably and conversation is easy, you probably are not getting much cardiovascular benefit from your walk. Exercise such as walking helps you to avoid constipation which can prevent hemorrhoid flare-ups.
Just a 30-minute walk each morning or anytime during the day can bring benefits to heal your hemorrhoids. Hiking is also a wonderful exercise because it will use different muscles than walking and will strengthen calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteus muscles. Increasing blood flow to these areas will also increase circulation to rectal blood vessels and will help heal your hemorrhoids.
Walking is great cardiovascular option you can do no matter if you have hemorrhoids or not.
Regular exercise is beneficial when you're suffering from hemorrhoids. But, also you need to know that hemorrhoids are classified according to their degree of prolapse to four categories.
Four categories of hemorrhoids:
First-degree: hemorrhoids don’t protrude, and they may or may not bleed
Second-degree: hemorrhoids protrude with defecation and retract on their own
Third-degree: hemorrhoids protrude and they must be manually reduced (pushed back into their normal position)
Fourth-degree: hemorrhoids protrude and cannot be reduced
Walking does not cause hemorrhoids to bleed, but there is an exception – for the ones who have fourth-degree hemorrhoids, which means an irreducible prolapse, walking can make those symptoms even worse. Usually, this condition requires surgery.
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