In my soft voice, “Alright everyone, great job today.” “Let’s move into our cool down.” (Sitting on the floor) “Lift your arms, inhale up and exhale down and again.” (The room is quiet as soft Latin jazz plays in the background). Everyone is feeling relaxed and reinvigorated from their workout. “Ok open your legs wide, inhale up, arms above your head and slowly exhale as you stretch to the ceiling, and slowly exhale, bending over your waist.”
And then it happens:
A loud blow of never ending flatulence that continues in spite of my efforts to stop or conceal it. A feeling of panic and embarrassment comes over me. (Thinking to myself), “Oh no!” that did not just happen.” “Maybe no one heard it.” “What should I do?” (Panning the room) By the looks on their faces, they definitely heard it. So instead of playing it off and acting like it wasn’t me, I fessed up. “Oh my goodness guys, I am so sorry.” “Please excuse me.” Everyone laughs and one person says, “That has definitely happened to me before.”, and another said “Me too!”
“Yes, I kid you not, this really happened to me, guys!”
So why in the world would I write about such a socially incorrect and downright nasty topic? I’ve actually been asked this question by numerous clients. Why does this “strange-phenomena” happens during exercise, and if it’s ok?
According to Dr. Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; “Eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients.” “If we didn’t feed them carbohydrates, it would be harder for them to live in our gut.” “A healthy individual can have up to 18 flatulencies per day and be perfectly normal”. “So from all of us, thanks Dr. Kashyap, for providing this reassuring information.” “Now we shouldn’t feel so bad!”
Another important fact about flatulence:
When exercising, blood supply is shifted from the digestive tract and other organs towards the muscles and respiratory tract. This process means that blood supply to the digestive tract is limited while working out.
So as a solution, I highly recommend having small, healthy, low fat pre-workout snacks.
While flatulence is a normal and even healthy function of the body, it can be socially awkward, and even offensive. So let’s do our best to manage these uncomfortable incidences, and “Blow away” our workout friends another way!
Now, Do Ya Thing!
Peace & Blessings!