What is a stitch?
A stitch or (ETAP) known as exercise-related transient abdominal pain, has a number of theories as to what it is, although they remain unproven. Medical professionals believe it could be a spasm in the oblique muscle or cramps in the diaphragm. Other theories suggest it could be the membrane lining the abdominal wall irritated from exercise.
We all know it as an annoying discomfort that shows your body may be under stress.
What you can do to avoid getting a stitch?
Everyone is unique so different things work for different people.
- Avoid eating meals before your work out and have a post-workout snack instead.
- Do not guzzle water like a camel! Stay hydrated by taking small sips.
- Do not drink high sugar drinks before or during your workout.
- Have a good warm up before exercising.
- To help stretch your diaphragm, take enough breaths when working out!
- Strengthen your core muscles by doing exercises to avoid irritation to your abdominal wall lining.
- If you do get a stitch during your work out, stop, rest and breathe until the discomfort goes away.
- Bend and stretch while tightening abs until the pain goes away.
- While training, take your rest breaks to avoid getting a stitch, especially during HITT
We hope you don’t get the dreaded stitch