Ok, I know this isn’t the cutest title and people don’t particularly like to talk about or discuss anything that pertains to the natural process of removing waste from our body.
Yea, that was very wordy so let’s get right to the meat of this article.
A new fitness client asked me if exercise would help her become more “regular” and of course, I told her that it certainly can when combined with eating more complex carbs and gut-cleaning foods.
Do you know why older adults are more prone to constipation? It’s simple: they are more sedentary. Unless we are very intentional, we move less as we age. All of our body systems will naturally slow down as we get older, so we must do things that will make that process easier. The best ways to do this is by being more active and eating the right foods.
It may be a sensitive topic, but I know this info can be very helpful. Especially if you suffer with stomach issues such as bloating, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.
Irritable bowel syndrome affects between 20 and 45 million people in the United States, according to ibs.org. Irritable bowel includes constipation, diarrhea, or both.
Our bowel movements come from our gut (stomach and intestines). These organs move involuntarily to expel waste, however people who do not eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and/or have limited movement may suffer from constipation.
Get You Ass Off the Couch and Get Moving!
Most of us are already aware that moderate exercise has a way of healing many ailments, that includes constipation. Here are a list of ways that movement can help alleviate constipation. By default, drinking more water and eating higher fiber foods are included with each of these suggestions because most adults are aware of the benefits.
Walk More. If you suffer from constipation and you’re not very active, it’s a good idea to start a simple walking plan to help relieve constipation. Opt for walking that includes includes changing elevations such as hills, and rocky terrain. This will cause you to use more core muscles as opposed to flat terrain walking. Activating those core muscles will stimulate your gut.
Yoga. Yoga is very calming and relaxing, but it also causes stimulation of the gut which can help move the bowels, or gut. Some of the simplest yoga poses, like child’s pose and cat pose can move stubborn stools.
So get moving and see a difference in your bowel movements. But, don’t forget that you should definitely include drinking more water and eating fibrous foods daily.