If you frequently suffer from stomach acid reflux, then you already know how uncomfortable it can be to get burning pains and chest burning sensations. These conditions usually only appear after eating foods that you know will trigger them, yet continue to eat those foods anyway, deciding they’ll be fine later.
Exercise has been shown to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and helps make it worse. So what’s the connection between exercise and acid reflux?
There are certain types of exercise that may help to relieve acid reflux symptoms, and other types of exercise can aggravate the condition.
You want to avoid exercises that include lifting heavy objects or bending a certain way, because these things tend to worsen acid reflux. Try avoid running and sprinting, cycling, and weight lifting.
Acid reflux sufferers may benefit most from moderate exercises such as walking, jogging, yoga, biking, or swimming. These activities will also help you lose some excess pounds, thus alleviating symptoms associated with GERD and acid reflux.
How to Reduce Acid Reflux Through Exercise
If you’re overweight and experiencing frequent heartburn or acid reflux, losing weight should be part of your goal. Exercise can get you there. Never give up exercise because it triggers acid reflux symptoms. Find other workouts or discover what exacerbates your symptoms.
If you suffer from heartburn when exercising, try these tips:
- After eating, avoid exercising for at least two hours.
- Stay away from foods that trigger reflux
- Stay hydrated and help with digestion by drinking water while exercising.
- If you require prescription or over-the-counter medications like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tagamet, take them before exercising.
Take OTC medications for acid reduction, modify your workout routine, and pay close attention to your food triggers if you still experience acid reflux. It might be time to seek help from Digestive Health Services for your reflux.
If you record what you ate before exercising and what medications you took, you may be able to find patterns, and relay this information to your doctor in order to find a more suitable treatment option.
Keep fit with regular exercise and reduce acid reflux symptoms. Join FullScope Sports on a weekly walk through Smyrna. The distance is 2 – 3 miles, but you can walk as much as you like.