I try to not take large meals for at least 12 hours before starting, yet abdominal exercises still can make me feel unwell and go to bathroom.

Is it normal? Or should I reconsider my diet? Does anyone else have this problem?

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    There's nothing worse than needing a crap half way through a long run
    – Chris S
    Commented Mar 8, 2011 at 18:57
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    @ChrisS actually crapping yourself would be worse, no? Commented Jun 18, 2012 at 13:22
  • @RyanMiller Ask him (not for the squeamish). Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 20:18

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You should not need to empty your bowels prior to exercise. If you are experiencing discomfort during abdominal exercise, you should make sure your diet:

If you are following all of those rules and still experiencing this problem regularly, then you should consider talking to your doctor about it.

  • Thanks. Are there any resources classifying foods regarding 1 or 3? Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 21:02
  • @Nikita Rybak - I added some resources for you. Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 22:26
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    +1 for 'not taking excessive diuretics'. It gets tiring to see all the reports on TV about the "health benefits of drinking coffee" when they glaze over the fact that it's a diuretic and many people walk around feeling like crap all the time because they're chronically dehydrated. Not to mention that their breath smells like something that died when they talk to you. Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 20:34

My strategy for really intense workouts (ie long distance running) -- drink lots of water and eat some carbs (ie granola bars) before starting. Relax for a half hour or so while you hydrate and much lightly. I find this helps my bowels to move so I won't have to go while running. This consistently works for me, if this doesn't make me have to go, nothing will.

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