Has anyone had any positive or negative experience on the effect of exercise & IBS Symptoms?
I read that atleast some general movement & exercise is important to keep your bowels moving along.
However in my experience, my IBS symptoms seem unaffected by whether I am getting regular exercise or not. Ive spent over a year visiting the gym 3 times a week, weights and cardio, and now a year without any serious exercise and I still get sick about as often as before.
One of the hardest things I find as an IBS sufferer, is getting consistent exercise, because after a big IBS episode, youre out of action for 'atleast' a few days, the rhythme gets broken, my body becomes quite weak, and then I have to build up myself again and restart, I find it very hard to stop and start like this.
I was going to the gym regularly and Whamo ... got IBS real bad and have been unable to go back for weeks now. I was working out in the AM ... like 5 AM before work. Did 1/2 hr. cardio and 1/2 hour weight training. I would have to get off the treadmill or ARC machine and run to the restroom ... I am going to see if I can start going to the gym in the eves .. but with work, its difficult with my schedule. So, no, I have not found that exercise was any help for me, in fact, I think it made it worse for a while.
Im not sure if everyone feels a little unwell/pale a few hours before an IBS attack.
Not wanting to break my schedule, I did go and do some cardio while feeling like this, and deeply regretted it later. I think if you feel an attack coming, its best to relax and de-stress as much as possible....least that seems to be what im finding!