What Should You Do When You Get a Side Stitch While Exercising?

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Q: What should you do when you get a side stitch during exercise?

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Why Side Stitches Happen

It's likely a matter of irritation. Exercise can affect the fluid that usually prevents your organs and muscles from rubbing together, says stitch researcher Darren Morton, PhD, of Avondale College of Higher Education in Australia. That may allow side-to-side motions to create friction, and voilà — that sharp pain. What makes stitches worse: eating or drinking too close to exercise — especially sugary foods, soft drinks, and even sports drinks.

This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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