Are you in need of some constipation relief?
It seems the holidays just won’t stop coming! And after all that celebrating, you’re likely to feel a little…. sluggish. As is your digestion system. Unfortunately, our intestines are very sensitive to drastic changes in diet, activity, and stress, so any quick change (such as going from a clean eater to devouring that Fourth of July Cake) can cause quite an upset and even constipation. However, before reaching for the laxatives, it might be best to try to run from your problems! Err, or more like, run for your problems!
Exercise for Constipation Relief
As weird as it may sound, certain types of cardio are known to help move your digestive system along! Exercise can clear out constipation”by decreasing the time it takes food to move through the large intestine, thus limiting the amount of water absorbed from the stool into the body.” Cardio makes your muscles contract, and contracting intestines are what help move things along in your body.
What Exercises are Best?
Cardio seems to be the big winner when it comes to assisting with digestion. But don’t think you need to go run a 5k on your way to the restroom. There are plenty of types of fun cardio you can do to help your digestive system: jogging, swimming, skipping rope, briskly walking, and even dancing! All of these exercises help your intestines contract and your stool to move more quickly.
When should I do these exercises?
Unfortunately, it’s not a good idea to go for a run after a big meal to aid with digestion. For the best results when exercising for constipation relief, wait at least an hour after eating and make sure you don’t over-do it. If you typically feel sick after eating and don’t think that immediate exercise is a good idea, that’s fine too! Just try to get in some cardio 2 hours before or after you eat and you should feel back to normal (if not, consult your doctor).
Overall, constipation relief doesn’t have to be as painful as we make it out to be. With the right mindset and motivation, you can run your way to a healthier, emptier you! And remember: if consistent constipation is a big issue for you, even after exercise, consult your doctor!
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