Yesterday, I gave you an overview of the fifth Key Pillar to Health: Lifestyle. Today, we’re going to talk about the importance of moving your body and finding the right exercise for better gut health.
Importance of movement
When you’re chronically ill, exercise and movement can be one of the first things to disappear from your routine.
Did you know that walking, swimming, running, doing yoga or anything that promotes movement can help you achieve optimal gut health?
It supports the motility of the gut and alleviates bloating and other SIBO symptoms. Exercise also stimulates blood flow and helps release endorphins that make us feel good and energised.
If you suffer from insomnia or you’re having a hard time sleeping, moving your body can also help you to sleep better.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your exercise, it can be helpful to set a movement plan. Write down your plans and break them into small, achievable goals.
If you write your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them.
Let’s say you want to do a 5km run. Start with walking first. Then, add 10-second runs in and slowly build up to 1-minute runs.
Always remember that this is a process. Whatever your goal is or your intention for your movement, it can start off to be really challenging and it’s totally okay. Build up gradually until you achieve your goals.
Finding the right exercise
Not all exercises are created equal. Movement can also be stressful if it’s not done correctly. This is why it’s very important to determine what kind of exercise is suitable for your body and your current condition.
SIBO places strain on your system, so while it’s important to move your body, over-exercising can be as detrimental as not moving at all.
Check out this guide to know what exercises you can do when you feel sick, as your health improves, and when you feel good.
To know more about SIBO and movement, check out The Healthy Gut Podcast episode 14 and YouTube videos below: