Are exercise and constipation related?

Dear Expert:

I have been back to a regular exercise routine for a couple of weeks now, and have become constipated. It now occurs to me that I have been constipated previously when undergoing a rigid exercise routine. Is there some correlation?

Answer:

Constipation can occur if you do not drink enough water during the day. Make sure you drink adequate amounts of water before, during and after you exercise. Throughout a typical day you should have at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water. And when exercising you should rehydrate yourself so you never feel thirsty. Feeling thirsty is a good indication that you are dehydrated.

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