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04-21-2009, 09:04 PM
I hope this isn't TMI but um, after I work out which is about a hour and 1/2 to two hours, I have a real bad urge to have a bowel movement. Or I have to pee really badly. Is that normal?

04-21-2009, 09:20 PM
Yep. Jumping/moving sort of pushes things through. Totally normal.

04-21-2009, 10:05 PM
Yup, all that movement increases your movements in the intestines... which = more bowel movements!

04-21-2009, 11:08 PM
It happens to me too.

04-22-2009, 12:48 AM
Yep, that's one of the benefits of exercising--it keeps things moving as they should. And that includes toxins out of your body, so that's a great thing!

04-22-2009, 09:16 AM
Yes. There is a question in Fitness magazine this month about it.

04-23-2009, 09:47 AM
Well, that's good!! Nothing to worry about. There was a time when I had to interrupt my running on the treadmill and rush to the bathroom for the same reason and then my body adjusted and I could wait until I was finished running.

04-23-2009, 09:56 AM
lol this is the main reason why I'm so glad I have my treadmill at home :lol:

04-23-2009, 11:15 AM
I think this is pretty normal. It happens to my husband (who came home after a run with only one sock, because he had to use the other sock in the bushes...) and apparently this happens to a whole bunch of people, especially when they start to become active.
Check out these links on the subject:
From Runners World: http://www.runnersworld.com/communit...n%3A8031008354
From Time-to-run:
From the Mayo Clinic:
From The Western Journal of Medicine:
Quite possibly the most embarrassing story invoved Paula Rutledge, the British Marathoner, who just couldn't hold it in anymore and had to do a very public BM along the side of the route at mile 22 of the London Marathon in 2005. In front of thousands of spectators, and a million viewers LIVE on TV...
So take heart! Just keep at it. You ROCK!