6 Exercises For Digestion You Can Do In 6 Minutes

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Joe @ 8fit
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Written by
Joe @ 8fit
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Ever notice your stomach bothering you after eating a meal and immediately plopping yourself onto the couch? That’s because your digestive system needs some movement. (No, not a poop joke. But it could’ve been!)

If you don't take care of your digestive system, you might experience low energy levels and discomfort. These symptoms themselves can lead to stress and poor gut health.

Resist the urge to immediately veg out after dinner and try going for a walk after your meal. If you’re going out to eat, try walking or taking public transit so you have to move more than if you parked right out front. Having a home-cooked meal? Then try going for a walk around the block after.

If you can’t go for a walk or it just doesn’t work, try these six exercises for digestion that you can do in just six minutes.

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Marching twist | 60 seconds

1. Stand feet shoulder-width apart with hands behind head
2. Lift the right knee up to chest, simultaneously twisting left elbow towards knee
3. Place foot on ground, then left left knee to chest and twist right elbow towards knee

Alternating toe touches | 30 seconds

1. Stand with feet wide, toes pointing out slightly and arms extended from shoulders like a T
2. With a straight back, twist and reach right hand to tap left toe
3. Come upright, then reach left hand to tap right toe

Downward facing dog | 30 seconds

1. Start on all fours, spread fingers wide and tuck toes under
2. Press into the hands, lift hips up coming into a 'V' shape
3. Lengthen the spine and press heels towards the ground to stretch backs of legs
4. Hold for suggested time

Child's pose | 60 seconds

1. Start in all fours
2. Sit bottom back to heels and bring arms down by side, palms facing up
3. Rest foreheads on floor
4. Come back to all fours

Seated spinal twist (right) | 30 seconds

1. Start seated, legs stretched in front
2. Bend left knee, foot flat on the mat
3. Lengthen and twist spine, bringing right elbow outside left knee

Seated spinal twist (left) | 30 seconds

1. Start seated, legs stretched in front
2. Bend right knee, foot flat on the mat
3. Lengthen and twist spine, bringing left elbow outside right knee

Lying torso twist (right) | 60 seconds

1. Start lying flat on back
2. Bend right knee in toward chest, holding with both hands
3. Right arm reaches wide onto mat,
4. Left hand gently pulls right knee over body for a torso twist

Lying torso twist (left) | 60 seconds

1. Start lying flat on back
2. Bend left knee in toward chest, holding with both hands
3. Left arm reaches wide onto mat,
4. Right hand gently pulls left knee over body for a torso twist

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