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Old 04-21-2009, 08:04 PM   #1
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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?
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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Yep. Jumping/moving sort of pushes things through. Totally normal.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:05 PM   #3
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Yup, all that movement increases your movements in the intestines... which = more bowel movements!
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:08 PM   #4
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It happens to me too.
Long term.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:48 PM   #5
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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!
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:16 AM   #6
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Yes. There is a question in Fitness magazine this month about it.

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Old 04-23-2009, 08:47 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:56 AM   #8
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lol this is the main reason why I'm so glad I have my treadmill at home

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Old 04-23-2009, 10:15 AM   #9
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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...
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