Stress is a big factor that affects everyone, especially those susceptible to IBS. Our bodies react to stress in different ways and when stress continues for long periods of time, the mind reacts with anxiety, depression, and difficulty with coping. Stomach disorders often follow this trend and lead to the development of IBS symptoms . About ¾ of all IBS patients link symptom severity with stress. Appropriate exercise – not too hard, not too easy – has been found to create a better mood and lower overall stress . When the body is active, the stomach tends to work at peak efficiency. Walking at least 20 minutes each day is a great place to start.  Use best judgment when choosing an exercise routine. You want to choose something to increase your heart and breathing rates gently without stressing yourself further. Work with your health care practitioner to determine what is safe and comfortable. Try to be consistent and give your body a rest when you are experiencing flare-ups. Exercise over the long term can improve symptoms and is an important management tool .
Check in with your health care professional if conditions become worse or new symptoms appear. Here are a few resources for IBS and exercise: