It’s Monday morning and you find yourself starting the familiar weekly routine, battling your way to find the last seat on the train, before settling yourself in front of the computer screen from morning to evening. With a large proportion of our days spent sitting down and not exercising, Brits could be putting themselves more at risk of developing a rather embarrassing ailment, piles.  Piles, or haemorrhoids, are currently costing Britain a staggering £2 million in incapacity benefits each year[i].


Piles happen when increased pressure is put on the veins in our bottoms. Our largely sedentary working lifestyles require us to sit in an upright position for a prolonged period of time, which puts an increased pressure in and around the anus leaving us more susceptible to developing piles[ii].


With less than 30% of UK adults getting the government’s recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week[iii], it’s evident that we need to start getting active and incorporating exercise into our daily routines. This can be hard when our sedentary working lifestyles dominate our lives, with a recent survey by Aviva revealing that 4 in 10 Brits blame their busy professional lives on their lack of exercise[iii].


So what can we do to help stop piles from piling up?

Have a Break - Most offices allow breaks of 15 minutes every 2-3 hours, on busy days, it might be tempting to sit through your break however this will only exacerbate your risk of developing piles. Instead of sitting tight make use of this time to get up and walk around the office, taking the stairs not the lift, and if the weather is nice a short walk outside can be beneficial.

Hydrate - Not only is water important for general gastrointestinal health it can also encourage regular toilet breaks allowing you to get up and move around the office.

Get Active at lunch - Why not use your lunch break to start a new exercise class or go for a quick run? Not only will this give your body a break from sitting down but you can take your mind away from the stresses of work.

Exercises at your desk - Pelvic floor exercises are designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that help to support the rectum and pelvic area. These exercises can be performed both sitting down and standing up[iv] and can lift the back passage area up, and so stop piles from becoming worse.


If you require a topical cream to help relieve the symptoms and soothe the area then you can easily and discreetly purchase a natural topical cream such as Nelsons H+care Cream online at  However if you experience severe symptoms, please consult your doctor.


Nelsons® H+care Haemorrhoid Relief Cream is priced at £4.85 for 30g. Always read the label. Nelsons® H+care Haemorrhoid Relief Cream is available in the Complementary Medicine section of Holland and Barrett (holland&, Boots ( and all good pharmacies and health food shops nationwide or call 020 7495 2404. Order online for a more discreet purchase.  For more information please visit


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Notes to editors

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