Weight lifting is a great way to boost your stamina, control your weight, improve your focus, and improve the quality of your life. However, it has its own share of cons as well. If you’ve lifted too much weight in a session, it can result to sore muscles and achy joints. And it can also trigger hemorrhoids.
If you already have a history of hemorrhoids and would still like to continue with your weight lifting, consider talking to a personal trainer or a Los Angeles anal doctor first.
The Connection Between Weight Lifting and Hemorrhoids
People who are new to weight lifting have the tendency to hold their breath and strain as they lift. This practice puts a lot of pressure on the internal organs including the veins near your rectum and anus, which in turn could develop into hemorrhoids.
Proper Breathing: The Key to Weight Lifting
Since breathing is something that we do without any conscious effort at all on our part, it is definitely the last thing on our minds when we workout. However, a proper breathing technique not only prevents injury, but also lowers the risk of getting hemorrhoids.
So before each lift, take a deep breath and then hold it. Push the air upwards towards your throat as you lift the weight. At the end of the lift, exhale your breath completely and repeat the process with each repetition.
This will reduce the pressure on your internal organs and will prevent you from straining (which is similar to the kind of straining done in the toilet, which causes the hemorrhoids) against a barbell or a bench press.
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It also helps to keep yourself hydrated during the exercise. Wear comfortable and breathable workout clothes to prevent irritating the area down there.
By implementing changes in your weight lifting routine, you can reduce your risk of contracting hemorrhoids. If you’re unsure whether or not to continue with weight lifting, please contact the Proctology Institute for further assistance.