Is Exercise Giving You Heartburn?

    A woman in orange doing yoga on a blue matDid you know that physical activity can cause heartburn in some people?

    But if exercise makes your heartburn worse, that doesn’t mean you should give it up – there are some easy ways to get fast relief.

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    First, it’s important to not stop working out. Physical activity is too important for your overall health. Plus, regular exercise – 30 minutes or more most days of the week – also has results that may reduce heartburn in the long run:

    • It eases physical and emotional stress. Stress can make heartburn worse by increasing stomach acid.

    • It helps you stay at a healthy weight. Belly fat, in particular, can cause heartburn.

    Exercise Triggers

    Exercises like the ones below tend to put pressure on your abdomen. They may be more likely to push stomach acid into the esophagus, causing heartburn:

    • Crunches and sit-ups
    • Leg lifts
    • Yoga positions like “downward dog”

    But everyone’s exercise triggers are different. Before cutting out any type of exercise, first try doing it at a different time of day.

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