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What does it mean when you get a side ache?

Answered By Mike Fleming

Question

What does it mean when you get a side ache or a side stitch?

Answer

A side ache is a cramp in the diaphragm area of the body. It usually rears it ugly head when you are working out harder than you're used to. When your body needs more oxygen it makes you breathe in and out harder forcing your diaphragm upwards, but most kids by habit pull their belly in which causes the diaphragm up. The diaphragm will do its best but eventually fatigue sets in and cramping begins. You can reduce your chances of having diaphragm cramps by the practice of pushing the belly out during inhalation. This is a great exercise to practice during your harder workouts.