Keeping fit and staying healthy requires commitment to regularly exercise and workout. One of the most common goals most people have in working out is to trim excess fat around the abdominal area, and achieve the coveted “abs”, as most people refer to it. That’s why it’s common to have exercise routines focused on toning the abdominal region.
However, even if you do exercises not targeting the abdomen such as dumbbell pullover chest workouts, you will notice that your stomach still hurts after the workout. This may strike everyone as a mystery, but there is a perfectly reasonable explanation why our stomachs still hurt after a workout even if the exercise routine does not focus on the abdomen.
Here are some of the reasons why:
Gastric acid reflux and heartburn
Working out can exacerbate symptoms of heartburn and gastric reflux, which is greatly felt by people previously diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Movement from exercises such as jogging and aerobics can shake the fluid content of the stomach which can lead to acid reflux and heartburn.
Excessive fluid loss and dehydration
Rigorous exercise and workout cause fluid loss from excessive sweating and dehydration. This can result to a slower transit of food along your gastrointestinal tract, which can result to slower digestion. Ultimately, if not addressed properly, it can lead to indigestion which causes severe stomach pain. Keep in mind to always stay hydrated especially during intense workout routines.
Doing exercise routines immediately after a meal
Working out after on full stomach causes a diversion of bodily functions from digestive system to the muscular system. This leads to decreased gastrointestinal function, which can leave a bloated and heavy feeling on the individual. Additionally, the movement brought about by the exercise can cause ingesta to enter the appendix and ultimately cause appendicitis.