Weightlifting and Hemorrhoids

Weightlifting and Hemorrhoids

Lifting weights is beneficial to tone and strengthen your body and to maintain overall whole-body health. Lifting weights regularly can boost your stamina, reduce your risk of injury, control your weight, improve your focus and strengthen your bones. However, over-exerting your body while lifting weights or using improper lifting techniques may put you in danger of developing hemorrhoids. Straining, improper breathing, holding your breath and grunting all contribute to downward pressure that can cause hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are cushions of vascular tissue around the anus and rectum, and are a part of a normal, healthy anatomy. These tissues sometimes swell and bleed due to increased pressure due to a variety of straining activities, including straining during bowel movements, constipation, pregnancy and lifting weights. Exertion from lifting weights increases pressure on your abdomen and can either worsen existing hemorrhoids or create new hemorrhoids. In fact, the pressure that builds up while lifting weights during a workout is similar to the pressure your body produces when it is straining to have a bowel movement.

Weightlifting Technique to Avoid Hemorrhoids

Fear of developing hemorrhoids or aggravating your existing hemorrhoids should not prevent you from lifting weights. To avoid irritating hemorrhoids, when lifting weights be sure not to hold your breath while lifting. Grunting and holding your breath as you lift weights forces the air in your lungs downward, putting pressure on your internal organs and the veins in your rectum. Instead, take a deep breath before lifting, and then hold your breath, pushing the air up in the direction of your throat as you lift, exhaling completely after each repetition. Practicing this breathing technique will reduce the pressure you place on your abdominal organs as you strain against that heavy barbell or bench press, which can also help you avoid other internal injuries like hernias.

If you are experiencing hemorrhoid symptoms, call the hemorrhoid specialists today at Avalon Hemorrhoid at (626) 310-0771 for a consultation.

Citations:

  • http://hemhealing.com/2013/06/weightlifting-and-hemorrhoidscid20130607hhrm/
  • https://www.livestrong.com/article/333209-weightlifting-hemorrhoids/
  • https://lacolon.com/blog/barbells-bench-presses-and-hemorrhoids

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