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How does exercise help treat constipation?

In many cases, constipation is caused by a diet lacking in fiber and a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise will help treat and even prevent constipation, as physical activity stimulates the intestines and helps you maintain normal, regular bowel movements. Talk to your doctor about designing an exercise plan to help treat and prevent acute constipation. If you have been inactive for a while, then start out slowly and build your way up.

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