You can exercise if you have a hernia. The key is focusing on exercises that won’t strain the area where your hernia is located. For abdominal hernias, this means exercises or lifting routines that involve straining or pulling in the abdominal area are not recommended.
Does a hernia get worse with exercise?
Core exercises such as crunches, planks, sit-ups and some pilates, in other words, exercises that are more advanced should be avoided. Performing heavy lifting exercises, including deadlifts and squats, at a high intensity, can result in your hernia getting worse.
Can I lift weights with hernia?
Due to the nature of a hernia and the cause, heavy lifting should be avoided wherever possible, weightlifting could potentially cause further herniation and deterioration of your condition so it would be better not to weight lift whilst you have the hernia.
What should you not do with a hernia?
- Avoid heavy lifting when you can. Lifting puts stress on the groin.
- When you must lift, don’t bend over. Lift objects by using the legs, not the back.
- Eat high-fiber foods and drink plenty of water.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.