Friday, November 01, 2013

Biking Your Way to a Better Life!

I just love to ride my bike!  There is nothing quite as invigorating as an early morning ride in the briskly fresh air along a winding northern California coast road!  Breathtaking beauty and great exercise at the same time! And while I admit that dodging the occasional recalcitrant driver can be a bit irritating, there is one thing that is beyond irritating - in more ways than one!  I am speaking of the unspeakable.  Yes, girls, I am talking hemorrhoids. It's a little known fact that many cyclists may develop hemorrhoids due to the reduction of blood flow to the nether-regions and the friction that develops when sitting on a bike seat; even a stationary bike.
There is a unique contradiction in trying to exercise and workout to keep oneself healthy and vigorous. The contradiction lies in the fact that certain types of activities can lead to the development of painful hemorrhoids. Straining from weight lifting, for instance, may cause the veins in the nether-regions to become swollen, eventually leading to this condition. Athletes who regularly assume a squatting position, such as baseball catchers, may also experience excessive pressure in the anorectal area.
If you do have hemorrhoids and experience pain due to a flare up, reach for a topical local anesthetic such as RectiCare® Cream. It contains 5% lidocaine, which provides rapid relief from burning, itching and pain. Each tube of RectiCare® comes with a supply of “finger cots,” little covers that fit over the finger. They promote hygienic application, since the finger doesn't come into contact with the product or the area to which it’s being applied.
It is possible to engage in a healthy training routine without increasing your risk of hemorrhoids, so make sure to check with your doctor and trainer to find out if your exercises are safe for you. RectiCare® Cream retails for $29.99 and is available at Walgreens and Rite Aid stores without a prescription. Please visit or for more information.

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