Exercise and IBS

Posted on November 20, 2023

Exercise is a great way to improve physical and mental well-being, especially for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce stress levels, improve gut health, and reduce IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits.

Here are some tips for incorporating exercise into your routine to help manage IBS symptoms:

Start slow

Gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your exercise routine is key to avoiding exacerbating IBS symptoms.

Choose low-impact activities

Activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga are great for those with IBS as they are low-impact and gentle on the gut.

Consider the timing of your exercise

Avoid exercising immediately after a meal, as this can increase pressure on the gut and trigger IBS symptoms. Instead, aim to exercise in the morning or several hours after eating.

Listen to your body

If you experience discomfort or worsening of IBS symptoms during or after exercise, stop and take a break.

Make exercise a habit

Regular exercise is the key to reducing IBS symptoms, so try to make physical activity a part of your daily routine.


Exercise can be a helpful tool in managing IBS symptoms and promoting overall health and well-being. Consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns or questions about starting an exercise routine

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