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Ease Constipation With Exercise

Getting regular exercise not only keeps you fit, it may help you stay regular. Exercise can help food move more quickly through the large intestine. Although it's not always easy to squeeze in time to be active, these suggestions may help:

  • Start exercising about 20 minutes, three days a week, and build up to at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Always check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise plan.
  • Short on time? Break up activity throughout the day -- three 10-minute walks count just as much as one 30-minute workout.

    Use every opportunity to get up and move. Walk to a colleague's office to talk rather than sending email. Take a walk with your spouse or partner to catch up on the day before dinner. Play outside with your kids. Make moving more part of everyday life and your digestive health will benefit.

Constipation: When to Call Your Doctor

Most of the time, making healthy changes to your diet and exercise habits will smooth out any digestive woes. But if you've tried these tips for three weeks and haven't noticed a change, talk with your doctor. He or she may suggest short-term use of a laxative to help retrain your system. You should also call your doctor right away if you notice blood in your stool, have abdominal pain, or lose weight without trying.

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