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Does exercise lessen constipation?

I feel like when I used to exercise more, my bowel movements were regular. Does exercise lessen constipation?

8 Answers

Yes.
Your bowel movement depends on your water, fibre intake as well as activity level
Yes, the more active you are, the better bowel motility and body function overall.
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Any form of movements help constipation . Jogging , running or any form of exercise is good for constipation
Probably not as much as a high-fiber diet, but it helps some. If the constipation has just started in the last few weeks, PLEASE see your doctor.
Yes it does help
Short answer YES!

Exercise helps constipation by lowering the time it takes food to move through the large intestine. This limits the amount of water your body absorbs from the stool. Hard, dry stools are harder to pass. Plus, aerobic exercise speeds up your breathing and heart rate
Regular mild to moderate intensity excersise or physical activity like walking along with good oral fluids intake are essential to promote more active large bowel movement thus lessening constipation.
As a general rule, this may be true, though there is no hard evidence for it, and it may not work for everyone. The main treatments for adults with constipation are dietary changes and using over-the-counter laxatives.