Diverticulitis is a painful condition that affects the digestive system, causing inflammation and infection in the small pouches in the colon. While there is no cure for this condition, making lifestyle changes, such as incorporating exercise into your routine, can help manage symptoms and prevent flare-ups.
Benefits of exercise for diverticulosis & diverticulitis
Studies have shown that exercise can improve digestive function, reduce stress and improve overall physical and mental health, which can all be beneficial for people with diverticulitis. Exercise can also help promote weight loss, which can reduce the risk of developing diverticulitis in the first place.
One study published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases found that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of developing diverticulitis by as much as 27%. (1) Exercise can also help relieve symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation that are commonly associated with diverticulitis.
It is important to note that individuals with diverticulitis should talk to their doctor before starting an exercise routine. People with severe or active cases of diverticulitis may need to avoid exercise until the inflammation subsides.
Types of Exercises
Low-impact workouts, such as walking, swimming, or yoga, are recommended for people with diverticulitis. These types of exercises can help improve circulation and reduce stress without putting too much strain on the affected area. Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can also improve your overall fitness level and boost your immune system, which can be particularly beneficial for people with chronic conditions like diverticulitis.
Incorporating activity into your routine is not only beneficial for people with diverticulitis, but it also provides numerous health benefits for everyone. Regular physical activity can improve cardiovascular health, lower the risk of chronic diseases, and improve mental health. So, talk to your doctor about incorporating exercise into your diverticulitis management plan and reap the benefits.
- Koutroubakis, I.E., Kountouras, J., Chatzimichael, A., & Zavos, C. (2010). Diverticular disease of the colon: pathogenesis, clinical features, management and future perspectives. Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, 19(2), 189-197.