It’s widely known that regular exercise is beneficial for most people no matter what their age, sex or body type. Most sufferers of IBS will benefit to a lesser or greater degree, with exercise. Even gentle exercise like Yoga or stretching can work the muscles of the bowel which can then help them to return to a pattern of normal contractions; which is beneficial to sufferers of constipation.

It is generally agreed that stress and depression is a key trigger of irritable bowel symptoms, and exercise has been proven to improve general mood through the release of a chemical in the brain called endorphins. These act like a kind of natural painkiller; a must for serious IBS sufferers.

This also means that physically active people tend to feel better about themselves which in turn means that their stress levels can be lower. In fact, regular fitness workouts are an essential part of any stress management program.

Keeping physically active can also prevent major illnesses such as heart disease and help keep the body healthy and working correctly. Exercise generally makes your body stronger.

No matter what disease or disorder you might be suffering from, it is usually a good idea to be on a regular exercise program of some kind. Exercise helps boost your immune system, making diseases and disorders less likely to occur.

IBS and Exercise; get advice from a professional

Obviously, every individual is different and care should be taken before engaging in any kind of rigorous new exercise regime. Your GP will be able to advise you about whether exercise is suitable for you and can suggest the correct form of exercise that would be most beneficial to your health.

But as a general rule of thumb, it’s normally recommended to aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day, at least five times a week. The exercise should be strenuous enough to increase both your heart rate and breathing rate. Walking briskly and walking up a hill are both examples of good exercise.

Swimming is another really good way to exercise; ultimately though you choose what’s best for you and your individual circumstances.