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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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.
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.