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I used to be really fit and into swimming, squash, aerobics and jogging. Now I find as soon as I do anything more strenous that walking that I get immediate D and stomach cramps and feel like throwing up. I find this really depressing as I love sport and really miss it. Does anyone else experience the same and know what I can do to help the situation.Thanks Anna
 
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YES, I definitely know what you're talking about, except for the throwing up. I'm an IBS D, and I usually feel fine as long as I'm sitting still, but if I've had something bad to eat, or if I've just had a meal, I nearly always get D a short while after I'm up walking. And sports, I don't even dare try it! I'll try swimming, but then I think I'll have to be on an empty stomach.So, I have no advice, except to do sports on an empty stomach, but that's no good, so I don't really know!Good luck!------------------Tess
 
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Anna-I've been fairly active, too, and also find that I can't do much more than walking, now. I think for me it's partly low energy and partly the pain it causes. I find this especially when it comes to strength exercises. Haven't yet tried swimming yet this year. I'll start experimenting more with a broader range of exercises (God knows I want to, anyway) and record results along with the other things I'm starting to record. Maybe we can find some links between exercise and symptoms, time of month, etc. Best of luck! It awful to have to give up something you enjoy, especially when it's healthy, just to survive this. I know how you feel! I'll let you know if I find anything-Chloe
 
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Me again-There has been a lot of talk about emotional stress being a major cause of attacks. I know stress seems to be a trigger for me (but I'm newly afflicted). Perhaps this also applies to physical stress. Much as we love these activities and they relax and refresh our minds, the higher impact and more strenuous activities may just be too physically stressful for our sensitive systems to tolerate. But the idea of this stresses me out. The circle begins, again. Anyway, I'm still gonna give it a shot. Wish me luck and best of luck to you! Chloe
 
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I enjoy walking ! it seems to have really helped my stomach. I have been doing it for the last 2 years and I have also been able to lose 40 lbs. It was recommened that maybe it would help reduce stress and I am willing sometimes to do anything to get better. I hope you get feel better soon------------------Donna
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My advice would be to start off slowly. If all you can do is walk, maybe just walking a little everyday will help. As your body "gets used to" the exercise you can increase the activity level. Also, I know some people are trying yoga - that may be a better alternative.Ty
 
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Hi guys! I used to be incredibly fit and coincidentally, that's when I had a remission from IBS for a couple of years. I started slowly and worked up to being able to do a 60-minute workout videotape without stopping to run to the bathroom. As I got more fit, my IBS settled down. I used to eat some kind of a high carbohydrate snack in the middle of the afternoon and then exercise when I got home. It worked for me.Now I've gained 50 pounds and can't seem to get motivated enough to get off my butt! But the days are getting longer, so maybe I can get on my bike or my blades soon and get some exercise. I always found that I couldn't exercise unless my stomach was empty, and I drink sports drinks as I work out. Works for me.Does anybody want to start some kind of a thread where we regularly report on exercise, how it affects us, and what we do on a daily basis? Kind of like a mini-support group within this site, but specific to exercise and IBS. We can check in regularly and see what works for us. Also - maybe we can find some motivation there! Lord knows I need it!------------------Missycat
 

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Missycat - sounds good! I'll start one to get things rolling!Ty
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have you tried sit ups, they are supposed to help. They strengten the stomach muscles so we should have more control, right?Try it and take it easy at first, I'd love to get fit again but I'm getting too much joint pain, I can't put on any weight and can't afford to lose any, but I do sit ups and some weights.
 
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