It’s no secret that running can be a great way to get your sexy on and stay healthy. But for many people, running can also be an uncomfortable experience—especially if you suffer from runner’s stomach.
I had no idea what it was until I started using my Peloton Tread and felt some awful cramping for a few mornings. So, what is runner’s stomach, how do you avoid it, and what can you do to get rid of it if it strikes? Let’s take a look.
- Discover runner’s stomach
- Find out how to avoid it
- Learn what to do if you get it
What is Runner’s Stomach?
Runner’s stomach is a term used to describe the uncomfortable digestive symptoms that can affect runners. These can include nausea, cramps, bloating, and diarrhea. It is thought to be caused by a combination of factors, including the physical exertion of running, the stress of competing, and the consumption of food or drink before or during a run.
How to Avoid Runner’s Stomach
If you’re using your Peloton Tread and you want to avoid getting runner’s stomach, there are a few things you can do! And you’re on the right track for even reading this post (pun intended)!
1. Eat Lightly Before a Run
If you’re planning to exercise with a run, it’s best to avoid eating a big meal beforehand. Instead, opt for a light snack or a meal that is low in fat and fiber. This will help to ensure that your stomach isn’t too full before you start running. It’s kind of common sense, but let’s be real, sometimes we need the reminder!
2. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is key when it comes to avoiding runner’s stomach. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your run. This will help to keep your digestive system working properly and reduce the risk of any discomfort!
3. Warm Up Properly
It’s important to warm up properly before your run. I’m guilty of half-butting it sometimes, but it’s definitely worth it to avoid the pain afterwards. This will help to get your body ready for the physical exertion of running and reduce the risk of any digestive issues.
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How to Get Rid of Runner’s Stomach
If you’ve already got runner’s stomach, there are a few things you can do to try and get rid of it:
1. Eat Bland Foods
If you’re feeling nauseous or bloated, it’s best to stick to bland foods like crackers, toast, or plain pasta. These are easy to digest and won’t irritate your stomach any further.
2. Take an Antacid
If you’re feeling particularly uncomfortable, it might be worth taking an antacid. This will help to neutralize the acid in your stomach and provide you with some relief. Tum Tum Tuuuuum!
Finally, the best thing to do if you’ve got runner’s stomach is to take a break and rest. Allow your body time to recover, and don’t push yourself too hard.
Runner’s stomach can be an unpleasant side effect of running, especially if you’re breaking in your Peloton Tread! To avoid it, make sure you’re eating lightly before a run, staying hydrated, and warming up properly. If you do get runner’s stomach, try eating bland foods, taking an antacid, and giving yourself some time to rest. Until next time 🙂