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Does Heavy Lifting Cause Hemorrhoids?


Usually, hemorrhoids are caused by prolonged sitting, as a lack of movement causes the blood to pool in the pelvic region and make blood vessels dilate. However, researchers have also noticed a link between hemorrhoids and weight lifting.

Many have noticed rectal symptoms after heavy lifting – from hemorrhoids to serious bleeding. This is no coincidence. In fact, the explanation is quite simple and you shouldn’t be alarmed, because you can take all the needed measures to manage this issue.

Causes of hemorrhoid

The simple gesture of holding your breath as you lift something heavy can lead to hemorrhoid formation. This happens because the pressure inside the blood vessels is considerably increased. When you strain and hold your breath, the pressure creates a domino effect. The air in your lungs is moved downwards, your organs are pushed in the same direction. At the end of this there is your anus with its blood vessels. Thus, lifting heavy objects can significantly affect your pelvic health and worsen existing hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are nothing more than protruding veins but can be very painful. They can also bleed when passing a stool. Exercise in itself is not making the issue any bigger – it’s in fact beneficial. You can, however, control certain aspects when you’re training.

How to manage hemorrhoid while exercising?

The best way to avoid such problems is to learn breathing techniques and know how to implement these when lifting.

Don’t push your breath downwards when you lift, although it feels to be the natural approach. Instead, try to push the air towards your throat. It will take some practice to get this right. Take a breath before the lift and hold it as you push the air upwards. Exhale after one rep and repeat. When you do this, not only that you avoid hemorrhoids, but you also decrease the strain usually placed on your abdominal organs.

Whether it’s endurance or resistance training, it can affect hemorrhoids in the same way. If you’re already dealing with protruding veins, that should not stop you from exercising. You can still have a high training profile and be competitive. Maintaining proper levels of hydration also helps in managing the condition, as is proper clothing (non-irritating).

Hard stools can have a serious impact on hemorrhoids as well therefore you need to increase your fiber and fat intake, in order to soften it. To reduce the swelling, lower the sodium intake.

Sometimes, rectal bleeding after heavy lifting is the symptom of diseases, like Crohn’s, colitis, rectal ulcers or chronic diarrhea. Gastro-intestinal infections may have the same consequence. In this case, you will have to do as advised by your physician and also alter your diet to correct the problem. If you are experiencing constipation, you may use diuretics or laxatives to get some relief.


Strength athletes have managed their symptoms well with the given advice. If you are currently unable to lift the weights you desire, don’t worry, you’ll get there in time. Also, keep in mind that your diet needs to be balanced. If you’re eating too much meat, eggs or dairy products, you have to balance this with vegetables, which will provide you with essential fiber.

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