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This is pretty strange. Sit-ups causing constipation!?

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Old 04-28-2002, 10:01 PM   #1
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This is pretty strange. Sit-ups causing constipation!?

Lately, I have been working out at night. I have been lifting weights and doing sit-ups. It seems like the nights that I do sit-ups cause constipation the next morning! I tried going a few nights without any abdominal exercises and my bowels were soft and full the next morning. What is going on? Is this a common problem?

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Old 04-29-2002, 04:20 AM   #2
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Re: This is pretty strange. Sit-ups causing constipation!?


Yes, sit-ups can cause constipation.

This has happened to me before too. Although I have never really been constipated, I have found that the times when I have done sit-ups, it has been a lot harder to have a BM. I think that it is due to the fact that when you do sit-ups all the muscles in your belly become tighter and a little more tense. When you open your bowels, you need these muscles to relax so that you can have a BM. Due to the exercises it is harder to relax these muscles, so when you try to have a BM you probably have to push harder and you become a little constipated. This normally resolves when you leave the sit-ups for a bit and let your belly muscles relax.


Old 04-29-2002, 08:06 AM   #3
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Re: This is pretty strange. Sit-ups causing constipation!?

Haha, so I guess that doing sit-ups just kind of contradicts itself. Sure you can have a flat stomach, but it will be bloated..... Strange

Old 04-29-2002, 11:54 AM   #4
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Re: This is pretty strange. Sit-ups causing constipation!?

First off remember it is not necessary to have a BM daily so if you do not have a BM the next day after exercising it is nothing to worry about. Be sure to continue with the fiber therapy for your constipation. Once your body adjusts to the exercise things should work itself out. Also be sure you are drinking enough water as you will be losing fluids as you exercise. You need plenty of extra fluids to replace the ones lost with exercise in order to keep your bowels moving well.

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