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Tips to Relieve Side Stitch


Tips to relieve Side StitchSTUPID SIDE STITCHES! They are like the annoying little brother or sister that nags you when you are busy. Or the weird Aunt that gives you bunny pajamas for Christmas (referencing the famous “The Christmas Story” of course). Regardless, side stitches STINK and they ruin a good workout. Today I wanted to share a few tips and tricks that I have discovered to ELIMINATE my side stitch. Now, of course I must throw out a disclaimer. I’m not a fitness instructor, but rather a proud Beachbody Coach. My tips may work for you, but then again they may not! I’d be interested to hear either way, so feel free to leave a comment below and let me know! Ready? Then let’s get started for a few Tips to Relieve Side Stitch!

Tips to Relieve Side Stitch – While Working Out

Today I was doing a great workout from my INSANITY Asylum Journey. In fact, it was one of my favorite workouts. But then, that annoying, nagging brother/sister came to visit. You know, the SIDE STITCH. I was so mad!! So, I discovered a tip that has helped me time and time again with relieving the side stitch and getting right back on track with my workout.

How many times have you tried to do that oblique stretch? You know, the one where you stretch from side-to-side in an hope to stretch out the side stitch? Perhaps you got temporary relief only to find out that it comes back yet again after you start running/working out again. That was the issue I was facing a lot. So, I decided to try something new, and it worked!

If you’d like, you can view my recent video on this topic to get more information. Otherwise, keep on reading.

As I mention in this video, the tip that I have used for relieving side stitches is weights! I use 25 pound weights (something that will force you to give a little effort, but not too much!). Start out with an alternating shoulder press (as I show in the video). Do about 10-12 reps (both arms up and down = 1 rep). After that, I do a one-arm tricep kickback (oddly shown in the video – lol). Do about 12 reps per each arm. Then, give it a shot and see how you feel!

Again, sometimes these tips don’t work for everyone, but I’m curious to know if my little secret works for you! Comment below and let me know.

Tips to Relieve Side Stitch – A few other tricks

Ok, now if the above option that I use doesn’t work for you, no problem! Check out these few tips that I have learned in my experience with fitness and exercise over the last two years:

  1. Take a deep breath. Exhale slowly through pursed lips. Repeat for about 5 breaths.
  2. Mix up your breathing patterns. According to Wikipedia, there are times when lack of oxygen carrying to liver/spleen can cause a side stitch sensation.
  3. Drink a LOT of water. This could also be a part of dehydration. Especially if you are taking Creatine, you need to drink 80-120 ounces of water per day. Drink at least 8-16 ounces before, during, and after your workout! Many trips to the bathroom of course, but you’ll kiss that side stitch goodbye!!

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Bob Sharpe

In 2010, Bob Sharpe was 70 pounds overweight and struggling with Acid Reflux. After getting his life in shape, he dedicated himself to a healthier lifestyle. Now, after losing 70 pounds and being in the best shape of his life, his goal is to help others do the same through his Beachbody coaching and assistance here on Bob Sharpe on Google + | Leaders Only – Click Here

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