I love hearing the benefits my clients start to see once they start exercising –
- more energy during the day
- better moods (thanks to all those endorphins that are released)
- less aches and pains (the best remedy for back pain = exercise)
- and of course, weight loss.
I can be a little bit predictable in my consultations – one of the first questions I ask is “how’s your exercise regime going?”…no matter the health concern that they have approached me for help with.
But did you know that exercise can improve digestive function?
Exercise can improve symptoms of IBS (that’s irritable bowel syndrome) – if you suffer from constipation, it is a great method for getting things moving along.
And conversely, if you have diarrhoea, it’s also a good method of regulating your bowel movements, and stopping you from running to the bathroom all the time.
I am always fascinated by this concept:
Exercising will help your body function better, regardless of what your symptoms are (even if they are completely opposing symptoms).
And now…there is a scientific explanation as to why this occurs (yay! This stuff excites me):
Studies have demonstrated that exercise is essential to gut health – and people who exercise have a greater diversity of gut bugs.
What does this mean?
Your gut houses trillions of different types of tiny organisms, all of which play different roles in your body.
In order for your digestive system to function effectively, your gut microflora needs to be diverse – containing many different types of organisms which help to digest your food and send messages to your digestive system about how many bowel motions to have every day, what needs to be absorbed and what is converted to waste matter.
I know this isn’t the most pleasant of topics to read about – but to put it into basic terms…researchers have discovered that exercising just 20 minutes a day will improve your digestive health.
So in my mind – this is the number 1 reason you should get up off your bum and do some exercise.
I read a great article about different types of cardio exercise yesterday – (you can read it here), but the basic idea was that you don’t need to go out and run 10km every day.
Instead, perform some type of high intensity exercise for 10-20 minutes a day – my favourite method is a TABATA – which is 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off.
Set aside 20 minutes today – grab a skipping rope, and jump as fast as you can for 20 seconds, take 10 seconds break…and repeat for a total of 20 minutes.
Don’t have a skipping rope? You can do the same process with sprints – either up a hill or on flat ground.
Let me know how you go with it…and if you want to find out about my new program which will go more in depth into this concept, amongst others – sign up to the invite list below.
Have a great week filled with short bursts of exercise,
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