Exercise helps you in creating a healthy digestive environment. It allows the food to move quickly through the large intestine. This helps in reducing the water loss in the stool. Efficient movement of the stools is also contributed by regular exercise as the intestinal muscles contract during working out.
Increasing physical activity will improve digestion by increasing the metabolism. It helps in burning calories and also helps you in strengthening your body. Good health is medically recognized as being hungry and lack of appetite as a symptom of poor health.
You are suggested to do exercise on a full stomach as it helps you in stimulating good digestion. Generally these exercises are practiced after every meal you take. Mentioned below are a few exercises that not only help you in improving digestion but also maintain overall health.
This exercise should be done by bringing both of your hands up, putting it straight with the middle of your body. Keep your palms facing towards the ground, pointing the fingers towards each other and bring them close.
Now slowly move your hands away from your body, but keep them parallel with the middle of your body or the solar plexus. Remember that you need to move your hands as far as possible; this makes you feel that you are pulling something out of the solar plexus. Then gently return to the original position. Repeat this exercise for 20 -30 times for better results.
This exercise includes the first exercise as well. In the first exercise, while rising and lowering your hands stop and hold at different levels within the mid section. Generally there are 5 areas that require this treatment particularly after each meal.
- The solar plexus
- The midsection of the solar plexus and the navel
- The navel
- The area below the navel (area that is around three fingers below the navel)
- The belly (area above the pubic bone)
Thus, while practicing the above exercise, change the starting position of the hands and palms respectively and wonk on the lower areas. Usually, the change should occur at the navel area, but you can start from any section that is comfortable to you.
This exercise can be practiced by bringing the backs of the hands together with your finger tips pointing down and almost touching each other. Remember that the fingers should point the ground. The hands should be placed above the solar plexus. Once the position of the hands is set move them down towards the midline.
You can get a feeling of movement down the midline at the equivalent speed as the hands. Once the hands reach the pelvis area, the sensation continues all the way through the legs and then into the ground.
But before practicing this exercise, you have to do the previous exercises well. This makes the movement of the hands through the midline unobstructed. If you feel obstructed, then repeat the Exercise 1 at the belly level or wherever you sense the obstruction. After doing this the area feels lighter, then you can get along with the Exercise 3.
Practicing the exercise for some time, you can possibly experience a feeling of stroking the spine. You can sense the midline of the belly being opened up. This helps you in opening the digestion system and improving metabolism.
At this point, it is very important to differentiate between sensations that represent various stages of digestion. The 3 sensations are:
- The feeling of fullness, which is experienced after having a large meal, in this the midline, feels obstructed
- The mid-line is clear due to the physical activity, but still you are not hungry
- The mid-line is clear, but you are hungry and have to eat again
Identifying these three phases helps you in regulating the digestion and also in attaining weight loss. But many people find it difficult to sense the second stage as you cannot distinguish between feeling clear and feeling hungry.
Practicing the above exercises not only helps you in improving digestion but also in promoting emotional balance. It clears other health aspects and strengthens your whole body.