Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition characterized by abdominal pain, cramping, and other symptoms. The causes of IBS are mainly unknown, and lifestyle change is the primary strategy for treatment.
Last year, research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology looked at the role of physical activity on improving symptoms in people with IBS. The study found that people who exercised were less likely to experience increased severity of IBS symptoms compared to their less active peers. The authors concluded that exercise can decrease IBS symptoms and should be included in the treatment protocol by physicians.
Johannesson E, Simrén M, Strid H, Bajor A, Sadik R. Physical activity improves symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011 May;106(5):915-22. Epub 2011 Jan 4.
It has long been thought that exercise increases a person’s appetite. But a new study from Brigham Young University suggests that a morning workout may reduce food cravings. The study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, looked at brain responses of 35 women to images of food on exercise and rest days. The women either worked out on a treadmill for 45 minutes in the morning, or performed no activity, prior to viewing 240 images of food.
Results showed that on morning exercise days, the brain responded less to images of food than on rest days. In addition, on the exercise day, physical activity for the rest of that day was higher, but food intake was about the same as on rest days. These findings were true for both obese and normal weight participants, and suggest that regular exercise may play a larger role in controlling weight and obesity than previously thought.
Johnson, Scott. “Your morning workout may reduce food cravings”. The Examiner 13 September 2012; http://www.examiner.com/article/your-morning-workout-may-reduce-your-cravings-for-food. September 14, 2012.
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