How to Make Yourself Poop

How to be #1 in the #2 business:

On a perfect race morning, you’d wake up, have breakfast, and use the bathroom—at least once, maybe twice—and then head to your starting corral feeling great, not worrying whether you’ll have to stop along the way for an emergency Number 2.

But sometimes, your routine fails you. Maybe you’re traveling and in a different time zone, maybe your diet’s been a little off, or maybe you’ve just got a nervous stomach. But some mornings, you just can’t go, no matter how much you know it’s essential for a good run.

So what do you do now? We looked at the latest research, and talked with Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and a New York City marathon finisher, to find out. Here’s what science says about how to get yourself to go.

Source: How to Make Yourself Poop

Most think it’s the caffeine in coffee, but decaf works just the same.  No one wants to be immortalized like this guy, but it can be the defining moment to see how much you really want the result you trained for.  I already do some of what the article suggests – get up earlier, moving through the house as I get breakfast.  It depends, but often can feel like delayed reaction between when I got out of bed.

Teehee… backfire.

Bathroom Posture Affects your Health

Shortly before Christmas in 1978, the leader of the free world came down with a severe case of hemorrhoids. The pain was so bad that President Carter had to take a day off from work. A few weeks later, Time Magazine asked a proctologist named Michael Freilich to explain the president’s ailment.”We were not meant to sit on toilets,” he said, “we were meant to squat in the field.” He’s probably right.

Source: Don’t Just Sit There!

Additional reading: You’ve Been Pooping All Wrong