The warmer weather and weeks of quarantine have us all seeking new ways to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. We all know how more activity is good for the heart – lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks, and lowering cholesterol – but did you know that exercise and activity also improves gut health?
Regular bowel movements are part of a healthy gut, and movement – walking, aerobic exercise, yoga, running – helps keep you going regularly. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day 4-5 days a week can make an enormous difference in your gut health and your overall healthiness. A healthy gut is also the foundation of a healthy immune system. Exercising regulates the good bacteria found in your gut, which strengthens your immune system.
Eating Right Makes Exercise More Beneficial
Consuming the right nutrients can help improve your gut health. Your healthy eating habits can also make your exercise more impactive on your overall health. Fueling your body makes it easier to exercise right. Eat high fiber, high nutrient foods. Avoid processed foods and sugar. Manage the amount of dairy and red meat you eat. Hydrate sufficiently, especially if you are working out in the heat of the sun. Balance is the key.
Exercising for 30 minutes most days has the biggest impact on your gut health. But if you can’t get 30 minutes in all at once, try for three 10-minute bursts. New research is showing that, especially for people who sit for long periods of time for work, even a two-minute burst of activity every hour can minimize the health degradation that comes from sitting throughout the day. Your gut health has an impact on every aspect of your life, from your quality of life to your ability to enjoy experiences without worrying about abdominal cramps, diarrhea, or other digestive issues. For more information or to book an appointment with Gotham Gastroenterology, contact our office at 212-794-0240. Our team of experts strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology for patients in NYC.