Can exercise improve IBS symptoms?
Physical activity has been shown to have a number of positive physiologic and psychological effects. In the GI tract, exercise can increase overall gut motility, including colonic motility and colon transit time. In a recent study, 12 weeks of moderate to rigorous exercise (20-60 minutes three times per week) resulted in significant improvement in IBS symptoms, although there were no differences in stool quality or characteristics, or in symptoms like bloating. Their overall quality of life scores did not improve, although their physical and cognitive skills did improve.