Top 5 Exercises to Improve Digestion

By on October 1, 2013

By Adana Baro –

‘Bloated’, ‘uneasy’, ‘constipated’, ‘acidic’, ‘burp ball’ – if these are the words describing your current state of health, then there is an indication of clumsy digestive processes going on within you. And age doesn’t make any of these symptoms disappear – they only continue to become more prominent.

Exercise is the mighty magic when it comes to improving your digestive health. It gets the juices flowing in a regularized and balanced fashion, making you feel seriously good and not like a burp ball. Here are some of the most effective exercises that will help:

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Forward fold

This is one of the simplest yet most effective exercises of the lot wherein the digestive organs are massaged and oxygen intake is facilitated. You need to stand tall, keeping your back and legs straight. Next, bend forward as far as you feel at ease, stay in this position for 10-15 seconds. Relax and repeat the same two or three times.

Seated twist

This is a twist exercise to reduce gas, pain and increase blood flow. Sit cross-legged with a straight back; place the right foot on the floor over the left knee, twist your spine towards the right. In such a position, your knee and face point in opposite directions. Now apply the vice-versa wherein the left foot is placed over the right knee over the floor.


Dance is an exercise that not only helps to get the digestive tract in place and is also fun! Get on the dance floor even if you have two left feet. The twirls, moves and stretches are not all what contribute to improving digestion; it is also the relaxation factor imparted by dance that helps in blood flow.

Blood flows to the bowels, and consequently helps in bowel movement; while strengthening the intestines.

Breathing with acupressure

A combination of deep breathing and acupressure helps to mitigate irritable bowel syndrome and heartburns. Sit erect yet relaxed on a chair (it is important to be relaxed during any exercise to attain maximum benefits). Sense that you are breathing in the ‘right’ way. Your belly expands as you breathe in as it gets filled with air; and it contracts as you breathe out.

Practice this for 5 minutes until it occurs automatically with time. Next, place the heel of your hands on your knee-caps. Use your fingers, mainly the middle, index and ring finger to find three indentations on your knee. Now gently apply pressure onto the knee using these three fingers and feel the rejuvenating warmth being transmitted from the hands to the knee.

Before you set to twist and roll in any exercise, you should know that the worst idea is to exercise on a full stomach. This will lead to cramps, or throwing up. If you have hogged and feel like an air balloon that will burst any moment (you should avoid hogging in the first place), then go for a stroll.

Brisk-walking is also not advised as it can make you feel nauseous. Take it easy until you feel okay, and then twist or roll.

The author Adana Baro is a professional blogger and loves writing about nutrition, health, fitness, and beauty. Currently, she writes blogs and guest blogs for Pender Medi Spa. The medical spa specializes in skincare Juvederm and Botox treatments in Vancouver.

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Top 5 Exercises to Improve Digestion