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How can exercise help with constipation?

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Exercise helps constipation by decreasing the time it takes food to move through the large intestine, thus limiting the amount of water absorbed from the stool into the body. Hard, dry stools are harder to pass. In addition, aerobic exercise accelerates your breathing and heart rate. This helps to stimulate the natural contraction of intestinal muscles. Intestinal muscles that contract efficiently help move stools out quickly.

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation." American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org: "Digestive Basics."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 17, 2020

SOURCES: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Constipation." American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org: "Digestive Basics."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 17, 2020

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