Get Moving Towards A Healthier Life
- Posted on: Jul 22 2014
If you want to get your digestive system working more smoothly, these exercises can help. “Exercise helps stimulate intestinal contractility, and therefore helps with the passage of stool through the colon,” explains gastroenterologist Sumona Saha, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison.
I know it sounds elementary, but hear us out! Deep breathing exercises actually take an enormous amount of muscle power. If you suffer from heartburn or reflux, deep breathing can help to strengthen the diaphragm muscles, reinforcing the barrier between the two organs, thus improving digestion. When performing deep breathing, be sure that the breathing stems from the stomach muscles.
Yoga is a form of exercise that brings physical and mental health together. It focuses on mindfulness, breathing and stretching. Typically, people tighten areas of the body that are causing them discomfort. Yoga poses have the ability to loosen up those tension spots, ultimately leading to improved breathing and better digestion. Iyengar Yoga is suggested for those who suffer from IBS.
For those who experience constipation, 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day is recommended. This can be anything from walking briskly, bike riding, playing tennis, swimming, jogging—anything that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat.
I know it doesn’t sound fun now, but you’ll thank us later. Sit-ups help to prevent a bloated belly associated with gas. Aim for a few reps a day.
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