7 Stretches to Aid With Digestion
Nobody likes to be bloated or feel like their tummy is upset after eating. If this is happening to you on a regular basis, start keeping track of what you are eating and drinking as being bloated after eating isn’t necessarily normal. You may have food allergies, are eating too much, eating too quickly, or your digestive system may need some extra help.
Taking pre and probiotics will definitely help. Contact me for the probiotics….
The great news is, there are a few simple stretches that can aid with tummy issues. These stretches are easy to do, can be done basically anywhere , and at any time.
With all of these stretches…hold for 20-30 seconds each. Do 2-3 sets of each. You can do this in a circuit or 1 at a time. ENJOY these stretches. They feel amazing! Remember to BREATHE!
Find empty wall space. Scoot your butt to the edge of the wall and extend your legs up the wall.
Place your arms out to the side or next to your body…whichever is more comfortable to you.
Remain in this position for a few minutes. Focus on your breathing, taking deep breaths in and out. Relax and enjoy.
You will find this to be a very comfortable position. If you have tight hamstrings, make sure to scoot your bottom a few inches from the wall. You want to get your legs as straight as possible.
Seated Spinal Twist
Sit on your mat, cross right leg over left. Grab bent right knee with left arm and twist. Hold for 20-30 seconds, repeat on other side.
Lay on your back, keeping your arms out to your sides with your shoulders on the ground at all times, bring your left leg across your body. It is OK if your foot does not touch the ground. Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Do 2-3 sets of this.
Sit with your legs crossed. If you need extra support under your knees, place a pillow or 2 for support. Sit tall and twist to one side. Use your hands to help twist. Repeat on the other side.
Hold the stretches for 20-30 seconds and repeat for 2-3 sets.
Happy baby is a GREAT exercise. Lay on your back. Bring both legs up and grab your feet on the outside of the foot or the inside of the foot.
Gently rock back and forth to give your back a nice massage.
Hold this stretch for 20-30 seconds. Do 2-3 sets of this. Enjoy this stretch.
Lay on your back with your feet on the floor, arms out to the side. Gently let your knees come open, keeping your spine in a neutral position (don’t allow your back to get a big arch in it). If you need to put pillows or yoga blocks under your knees, do so.
Keep breathing and enjoy this stretch. Hold for 20-30 seconds and bring your knees together to repeat.
Lying Bent Knee Twist
Lay on your back, feet on the floor. Keeping your shoulders on the ground the entire time, drop your knees over to one side. Hold for 20-30 seconds before switching to the other side.
Make sure you keep breathing!
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