You skipped the gym…again
Being active goes a long way toward helping you maintain a healthy weight. Indirectly, that also means lessening your odds of hemorrhoids. Indeed, for every point increase in BMI, adults had a 3.5 percent higher risk of suffering from them, according to a study published in the International Journal of Colorectal Disease. Excess weight applies extra pressure on the anal area. You’ve heard it before, but count this as one more reason to move your body for the recommended 150 minutes per week. One trick: Turn time with friends into legit exercise opportunities.
You’re lifting heavy objects
You may think it’s harmless to pick up one end of the couch while you’re moving, but it could cause you to bear down too hard. That increases pressure in the rectum, causing the veins (called the hemorrhoidal plexus) to swell like a balloon, explains Darren Brenner, MD, gastroenterologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Boom: hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, there’s no surefire way to avoid this completely. Lifting correctly—you know, with your knees, not your back—can help.