Side Stitches While Exercising Or Running

Do you remember those side aches, sometimes called side stitiches, from your childhood running? Or maybe you run or workout as an adult and still get those side aches. Some tips on how to stop them.

Do you remember those side aches, sometimes called side stitches, from your childhood romps? Or maybe you run or workout as an adult and still get those side aches that make

you want to stop running or working out. This article will tell of some possible causes and ways to prevent side aches while exercising. And, it will also give some tips on what

to do when you get one.

What and how much you drink before you run or exercise might be the cause of your side aches. Researchers believe that drinking a lot (a quart or more) of anything right before you exercise can trigger a side ache. But, drinking a Cola drink with caffeine will make the pains last longer. Do not dehydrate yourself by not drinking before you exercise altogether. Instead of guzzling down a huge glass of water, sip 4 to 8 ounces before you head out the door. Begin drinking water early on your workout days then you won't feel compelled to guzzle something right before you leave. When you are done exercising be sure to rehydrate yourself with a large glass of water. Some experts say that sports drinks are less likely to cause side stitches so you might want to try one of the many ones out there.



If you get a side stitch while exercising try one or more of the following to get rid of it.

Breathe slowly out of your mouth with pursed lips.

Do not fully exhale while breathing for a few paces.

Bend forward and tighten your stomach muscles.

Bend forward and poke out your stomach as far as you can.

Wear a wide belt tightly around your waist (like weight lifters wear).

With your hand tightly squeeze or put pressure on the painful site.

These are proven remedies that work for people who are side stitch prone. So give it a try next time your exercising and get a side ache!

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