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When is the best time to exercise to help relieve constipation?

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Wait an hour after a big meal before engaging in any rigorous physical activity. After eating, blood flow increases to the stomach and intestines to help the body digest the food. However, if you exercise right after eating, the blood flows toward the heart and muscles instead. Since the strength of the gut's muscle contractions directly relate to the quantity of blood flowing in the area, less blood in the GI tract means weaker intestinal contractions, fewer digestive enzymes, and the food waste moving sluggishly through the intestine. This can lead to bloating, excess gas, and constipation. So after a big meal, give your body a chance to digest it before you start on that nature hike.

From: Exercise to Ease Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

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

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 25, 2018

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

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 25, 2018

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