Digestive system is one of the most essential and vital parts of the body and for the entire body to work well, the digestive system must function well. The entire metabolism is dependent very heavily on the digestive system of the body and its malfunctioning may lead to various health related problems. Sometimes these problems compound to affect other processes inside the body and result in fatal consequences. One must keep his or her digestive system upright and working to be able to carry on the daily activities normally. Poor maintenance of the digestive system results in indigestion which itself causes many health complications. Various exercises are prescribed in health magazines, doctors, physicians, and yoga experts etc. to maintain a healthy digestive system. The main problem in today’s world is that the people generally know what to do but they do not do it either because they cannot do it due to lack of time or resources or they do not want to do it because of laziness or other excuses. However there are really very easy steps that can be followed to keep a healthy digestive system. Some of them deal with maintaining healthy food habits, some are related to maintaining healthy lifestyle habits and last but not the least, some are related to maintaining a very simple yet tight exercise routine. However it must be noted here that any exercise schedule that a person wants for himself or herself must be cross verified with a doctor or a medical practitioner. The main feature of a well-designed exercise schedule is that it should be realistic and possible to follow. One must bear in mind his or her abilities and limitations while designing a good exercise schedule. One must remember that the exercises have huge potential and can result in many benefits but only if they are performed with care and only if people stick to a schedule to perform them. Regular exercise compounded with a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle results in wonders for the body and can increase the longevity of a human being by keeping his or her body healthy and free from diseases.
One must here remember that exercises only cannot make a person’s life good. As is rightly said, the essence of happiness does not only lie in a healthy body but also in a healthy mind. A disease ridden person will often fall ill and his or her productivity will decrease overtime and will not be able to work properly and as a result of which will fail to make meaningful contributions to the society. On the other hand a healthy person will have peace of mind and will enjoy working for long hours happily and thus the productivity increases. Thus we can safely say that in order to be successful as a nation, we need healthier people.
Listed below are Top 10 Exercises to improve your Digestion. It must be noted that this list may be treated as a guideline while preparing the exercise schedule by individuals. However, the list given below, is by no means an exhaustive list. One may thus feel free to add or remove items from below so as to suit their requirements. So getting right to the facts, here are the Top 10 Exercises to Improve your Digestion:
10. Walking and Jogging
Really there is no better means of exercising casually than walking. It is regularly advised by all doctors, physicians and medical practitioners and to be honest, it is the easiest form of exercise. One can practice morning and/or evening walks according to their work schedule. In this regard it is good to point out that several instruments like treadmill and other such devices are available in the market that can help with the exercise. The main advantage of these devices is that they enable a person to work out at home at a time when he or she is free from the daily activities and it leads to the flexibility of the exercise.
For long it is know that cycling is a great exercise form similar to walking. The main point of advantage of cycling, as walking is that it is simple, easy to learn, easy to practice and can be performed at a convenient hour of the day. It strengthens the calf muscles and is a great way of exercising for digestion. In this regard it is good to point out that similar to walking, one can access cycling instruments that can be installed in the residence itself and can be worked upon during free hours. In this age of hectic work life, these devices should form an essential part of the household and should be used regularly sticking with a schedule.
Our digestive system feels the same way after a good yoga practice as we do after a hearty meal. Our digestive system comprises of many parts like our mouth, tongue, salivary gland, food pipe or esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine and rectum. Most of these parts can be regularly worked out through various yoga practices. When all these parts are working in tandem with one another, we can say that the digestive system is working properly. Yoga is basically a sequence of postures, scientifically proven and designed to work on specific targeted parts of the body for its well-being. Without proper scheduling of exercises one can experience indigestion, constipation, acid re-flux and diarrhea etc.
Let’s be honest. Sit ups are very very effective as far as exercising is concerned. One generally does them in order to warm up for more intense and a full course of exercises or before hitting the gym. But it can be noted that these are very simple means to maintain a good digestive system.
Push-Ups are essentially abdominal movements using the arms as a force. Though it is not essentially designed to improve the digestion of a person but with certain adjustment these exercises can be modified to suit several custom needs and one of them is to improve the digestion of the body.
Similar to Sit-ups and Push-ups, various stretching exercises are designed to be utilized mainly as a warm up tool before entering full course of heavy exercises. But also similar to the sit-ups and push-ups some of the stretching exercises can be modified to work for digestion. Stretching of the abdominal muscles help a lot in this regard. However, before modifying any exercising step, one must consult a good doctor or a medical practitioner and take their advice.
4. Digestive Breathing
Although not known to many, digestive breathing can be made use of in improving several parts of the digestive system. The parts that mainly are benefited from this exercise are the larynx, the pharynx etc. Details of digestive breathing are available quite avidly in literature and can be found online. Regular practice of digestive breathing can help a person to maintain a good digestive system.
Although mainly prevalent among the middle aged women these days, aerobics can be a very good means to help in the digestion of a person. Apart from being a full body exercise, aerobics help in stretching of the necessary digestive muscles and thus help a great deal in improving the digestive system of the body.
2. Abdominal Muscle Movement
As already said before, exercising of the abdominal muscles form a vital part of any digestive exercise. One must at first make a list of all the available exercises that involve abdominal muscle movement and sort out all the feasible exercises on that list. After that, he or she should consult a doctor, physician or any other medical practitioner for that matter to take advice on which of the items on the list can be followed keeping in mind the abilities and limitations of the individual. The main thing in the whole process, as said before is sticking to the schedule that you decide to follow. One must here try to strictly adhere to the guidelines provided by the medical practitioner and follow I to the word.
As much cliched as it may sound but indulging oneself in any physical sports regularly perhaps the best and the easiest way to improve digestion. Although it is not feasible for everyone especially for the working class but it is advised to try to make time for such an activity. Moreover, sports are fun too!