Exercising with Varicocele(s)
How to make exercising less stressful & more therapeutic for varicocele.
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Mr. Daniel Johnson, B.Sc.
Yes, when it comes to varicocele, posture matters. One reason is that poor posture pressurizes the internal cavities by weighing down the head into the chest, collapsing the chest into the abdomen, and deloading the normal weight bearing skeleton and muscular structures.
On the other hand, good posture increases the size of the chest cavity which depressurizes the abdominal cavity, and loads the body's weight onto the normal load bearing skeleton and muscles.
Chronic Excessive Pressure Causes Varicocele
First, let me start off by saying, yes you can treat varicocele without surgery. Wow, I know, sometimes it feels like you can't even be active with varicocele... I know because I used to think the same way! The science says that jumping activities like basketball or volleyball are associated with varicocele. Same as heavy lifting and high intensity actives (including: Weightlifting, martial arts, football, and many other sports). And we are also not supposed to perform long-distance activities like running or biking! Seems like the only safe exercise is this one. Extrapolate from here, and you can rule out almost all forms of physical activity. No wonder we then ask "Can I even do pushups?", "Do squats cause varicocele?", and many of us actually give up the actives we love and stop being active all together.
Inactivity is a reasonable conclusion, based on the information that's presented to us.
But, is it really true? Are all activities bad for varicocele? Should you stop being active?
So, Can I Exercise With Varicocele?
The science doesn't lie, exercising the wrong way really does damage the testicle and worsen varicocele. But, the key is not to stop and become inactive--because that's also unhealthy for your testicles. The key is to make exercising less stressful and more therapeutic for varicocele. And yes, it's possible!
4 Critical Tips for Being Active With Varicocele
You can make exercising less stressful and more therapeutic for varicocele. Here, I'll give you 4 critical tips on how to exercise with varicocele. I am a Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Marital Arts Instructor, and Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and most importantly the Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing of Varicocele. So, I'm pretty qualified to talk on this topic. And the many, many, many positive reviews speak for themselves--I get you results. These 3 tips will help you, but, I have written a whole chapter on being active with varicocele--so, seriously consider getting the Healing Guide.
Tip 1: Keep it Cool
Yes, keeping your testicles cool is critical when being active. Our testicles are meant to be kept cool (hence being in a sac outside of the body). But, we seem to really love wrapping them out with layers of thick over-heating underwear and pants. Add the heat produced from varicocele and exercising to this, and you have an equation that equals disasters (Varicocele Pain and testicular stress). So, the first step to making exercising more therapeutic is to keep it cool! This is so important that I wrote an entire chapter on Cooling in the Healing Guide! Very, very important! And it helps when corrected.
Tip 2: Masturbation/Fapping
Now, is fapping good or bad for varicocele? It's actually very bad when it comes to exercising. But, it's likely fine, only when done at the right time, in the right way, to the right degree. You can try this for yourself: Masturbate 3 times, then go to the gym and workout. You'll come out with both testicular pain and a really swollen varicocele. So, Tip #2 is to: Never masturbate before working out. Ideally give at least 3 hours.
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Tip 3: Diet & Food For Varicocele
Now, I won't go into the details of the best diet for varicocele here, but I will tell you to minimize the Nutcracker Effect, you really need to not workout when bloated or on a full stomach. Also, don't be one of those guys who has protein shakes during workout... Ridiculous! Let the blood direct to the muscles and away from the stomach during workout--else you'll have a recipe for an aggravated stomach and impaired blood drainage from the testicles (increased varicocele swelling).
Tip 4: The Right Underwear, Pants & Belts
Now, I'll also quickly say: Don't wear tight pants or belts! Never! Not when working out! Not any other time. Tight waists make it harder for blood to drain from the testicles (and legs--talk about varicose veins). So, don't wear them!
As they say, save the best for last! The right underwear makes a Huge difference on varicocele swelling and severity--especially during workouts. And no, I'm not talking about jock straps and regular testicle supporters! I'm talking about underwear that's specifically designed to help both keep your testicles cool and provide compression to circulate pooled varicocele blood.
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Yes, You Can Be Active Now!
So here, you are. Pushups are okay. Just make sure to follow those 4 tips. And as mentioned, you now know a little more about what types of treatments I recommend for varicocele--Specific lifestyle changes and therapies for varicocele toxic blood pooling. And they work for almsot everyone with varicocele! As I mentioned, just read the countless positive reviews! So, you have no risk. You can start on my varicocele natural treatment program now.
No You Cannot Exercise With Varicocele
Well, actually, yes you can exercise with varicocele, and you should. Anyone who tells you otherwise is simply misinformed.
Here is exactly why: Inactivity is a much bigger risk factor for infertility than varicocele. On the other hand, activity is both good for your testicles and typically good for varicocele. Now, I know some people suffer from varicocele pain during exercise. I also know that many of you experience increased varicocele swelling after exercise. But, the real problem is testicular overheating, and poor exercise technique/posture. Now, the easier part to treat for 99% of people is testicular over-heating, and yes, treating it makes a big difference.
Can I Weight Lift With Varicocele?
Now, we're getting a little bit tricky. The answer to this question is "no" and "yes". No you shouldn't, because heavy lifting is a high risk activity for varicocele. And, yes you should, because it helps improve testosterone production, and has good overall benefits for the body. Typically, if you follow a couple specific precautions before, during, and after activity, you will be perfectly fine (I cover all of these precautions in the Healing Guide), but I normally recommend minimizing high stress activities for the first 2 weeks of treatment, to maximize healing.
Testicular Pain While Exercising / Being Active
Well, you're definitely not alone. Many guys with varicocele experience testicular pain during exercise. The question is: What can you do about it?
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