exercise and ibs

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sunshine323
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   Posted 4/9/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
i went for a run this morning - first time in forever that i've gotten out and actually got some good exercise. i was a little concerned because of the cramping yesterday, and i'm still a little sore from it i think, but the running actually seemed to help rather than make it worse. i didn't push myself too much, didn't run that long or hard, but i did walk for about a mile and a half after i stopped running. would've walked more (i love walking as exercise), but it was so cold that my ears and face were KILLING me by the time i stopped. silly me, i forgot how bad it hurts me to run in the cold - should've brought a hat.
anyway, the point of my post - i know that exercise is good for ibs (and pretty much everything in general). i was wondering if any of you knew if there is a recommended amount of exercise or type of exercise especially good for ibs/bowel problems, and what everybody's experience with exercise is. i'm trying to get back in the habit of getting regular exercise, especially before my wedding, because i want my fiance and i to develop good habits that will keep us healthy in the future. any input is appreciated. thanks!

friendlygal
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   Posted 4/9/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
sunshine323, that is great to know that running made you feel better.  I've been feeling soooo tired that it is hard for me to get into a routine.  Does your IBS make you tired too?  My IBS also makes me reflux food so I hope that running would have the same effect on me!  Sorry, I know I didn't answer your question...

sunshine323
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   Posted 4/9/2007 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a little bit of reflux, but it's never bad, and it never burns like heartburn - i can just feel either liquid or sometimes food splashing up in the back of my throat, but never into my mouth.
I definitely understand about being tired - I'm a senior in nursing school, I'm getting married in two months, I work, and yes, my IBS makes me tired at times too. I try to go to bed at around 9:30 or 10, and then I usually get up between 6 and 6:30. I'm a morning person, and I definitely function better in the mornings (god help me when i have to start working nights as a nurse), so i just go to bed when i'm tired, and then my body just sleeps as long as it needs to (usually 7-8 hours). I completely understand about how hard it is to get into a routine - i wasn't able to exercise all semester because my classes/clinicals were so weird and random, but my schedule has changed to 7on-7off, 3-11, so i'm able to run every morning now. hopefully i'll be able to keep it up...

good luck with your ibs and reflux - i hope you begin to feel better soon.

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   Posted 4/9/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi sunshine,
I think if you can walk at least 20 minutes 3 times a week that would be enough to see improvement. It is for me anyway.
Glad you enjoyed your run!!! :-)
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friendlygal
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   Posted 4/9/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
sunshine323, sounds like your IBS doesn't make you as tired as mine makes me.  Sounds like when you get tired it is because of your busy schedule.  That is great.  You are lucky!!!!!!

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   Posted 4/9/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Good for you for gettin' goin'!  Actually, I believe exercise is one of the best things you can do to alleviate symptoms of IBS.  I personally think that anyone who is chronically unwell in some way should place themselves on a regular exercise schedule.  When I become a doc that is going to be one of my major goals, to get people exercising more.  At least half an hour of exercise each day is recommended.  If you had a good run, maybe you should think about signing up for a local 5-K race; it's a good distance for beginner runners! 

I used to read "Runner's World" magazine like it was my job, and it really helped to motivate me during all my years of cross-country running and half-marathon training.  I'm actually thinking about doing my third half-marathon this summer before I move to Arizona. 


Keriamon
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   Posted 4/9/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that people who are chronically constipated rely on walking and/or running to help keep them regular. When I was up with gall bladder attacks, I found that pacing around made things a tiny bit more tolerable, so I would certainly recommend that people with cramping problems try walking to see if that makes them cramp less, or helps get the gas out. People with D who fear going out in public too far might try getting a treadmill for their home. Standing up, for me, tends to keep me from feeling the need to go to the bathroom as often as well, so another plus to taking a walk. Walking at a moderate pace is probably the answer for people who have reflux. Running actually doesn't burn many more calories than walking, so most health professionals encourage walking instead, as it's easier on the knees, and, I would think, easier on the reflux as well. But if you like to run, then run as much as you feel comfortable with. Right now, they are recommending 30 minutes of exercise (walking, namely) 5-7 days a week. So that's never a bad place to start out, but if it really helps, walk/run as much as necessary to keep the cramping or constipation at bay.

friendlygal
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   Posted 4/9/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Sarita, I'm not sure that running is good for everyone.  While exercise, in general, is necessary, some people are just too sick for running.  In their case, walking would be the best exercise.  I know people who have reflux who were told not to lift certain weights since they can burst open a certain valve.

Running can be bad for people who have palpitations/heart problems.  But walking seems to be good for everyone.


Sarita
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   Posted 4/9/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Running is definitely not for everyone; for some people, it's hard on their joints, and it does tend to cause injuries if it is not approached properly.  Walking on a soft track, trail, or treadmill is also a good choice. 

However, running or other intense aerobic activity may actually help people with heart palpitations.  Increasing the heart rate affects electrical conductivity, and sometimes can sort of "re-set" the heart.  I remember when I was having a particularly nasty bout of PVCs (pre-ventricular contractions) in college - several hundred over the course of a few hours - the on-call physician I contacted told me to take a brisk run around the block a couple of times.  It was uncomfortable at first, but the palpitations vanished when I got my heart rate up to a solid 160 or so.  However, people need to make sure that their palpitations are benign before they start slamming themselves with the intense aerobics :)


friendlygal
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   Posted 4/9/2007 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarita, sounds like you know a lot.  Did you say you were studying to become a doctor??

Sarita
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   Posted 4/9/2007 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm starting medical school in August.  So I really won't know anything helpful for another 4 years or so, LOL.  In the meantime, I pretend devil   No, just kidding, I have been through the ringer with the medical profession so much of what I spew on these boards is generally based on my personal experience. 
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