There’s a common perception that exercise can cause heartburn, there are steps we can take to help prevent that from happening such as reducing our weight by eating right, not eating right before bedtime, elevating our heads up with pillow cases at night, and drinking water. Fair to moderate exercise such as indoor cycling, or outdoor hiking is best for those wishing to improve this acid reflux condition.
Yoga can be an effective method of reducing the symptoms of bloating because it helps to stimulate the abdominal organs and can improve gassy symptoms. A simple technique is called ‘apanasana’, a knees-hugged-to-chest pose. Simply lie down, inhale, place your hands on your knees, and bring and hold your knees to your chest. After 10 breaths, release the knees and repeat a few more times.
Aerobic exercise such as running, swimming, dancing, and brisk walking are all great methods of improving symptoms of constipation. These movements work well because by decreasing the time it takes for food to move through the large intestine, the amount of water absorbed from the stool into the body is limited, therefore making the stools softer.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Stress can be an influential factor in the severity of IBS symptoms. Calming and relaxing exercise such as yoga, tai-chi, and even meditation for just 10 minutes each day can dramatically reduce our cortisol (stress chemical) levels and increase our feelings of happiness which can make bouts of IBS more comfortable to handle.
To meditate, sit upright on your cushion or chair, tilt your chin as though looking downwards, inhale and exhale only through your nose, and bring your focus to your breathing as this allows you to have a clear mind that’s free from distraction.
With digestive health issues, more slow-paced exercise is useful at reducing stress and allowing our inner processes to move more naturally. Higher intensity exercise that can improve muscle growth can also lead to an improvement in digestion and metabolic rate over a period of time. If symptoms worsen, it is recommended to stop and consult your GP.
To shape up your digestive health and to help you become happier, healthier and fitter, Gary Daniels hosts free Reebok Cardio Ultra classes in the Reebok FitHub, Sporting Pro, Abbey Wood Retail Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7JL every Wednesday between 9:30am-10:15am. To learn more and to sign up, visit: http://fitness.reebok.co.uk/FitnessEvents/Events-landing/
It is recommended to consult with your GP before starting any fitness programme.