Bob Ferguson Wellness Blog - Want Gut Health? Get Moving!
Bob Ferguson Wellness Blog
Want Gut Health? Get Moving!
Our gut gets happy when we get moving! You can add “improved gut bacteria” and “less constipation” to the long list of benefits you get from being active.
Here’s the full scoop on what exercise can do for your gut health:
1️. Improves Gut Bacteria
Studies show that exercise can change our gut microbes, leading to a more diverse and balanced microbiome. Active folks tend to have more of those awesome bacteria like Bifidobacteria and Akkermansia muciniphila, which are great for gut health!
2️. Creates More Diversity for Better Digestion
Longer workouts and intense aerobic training are especially good at increasing the diversity of our gut microbes. That means improved digestion, a stronger immune system, and overall better gut health!
3️. Keeps Things Moving
Regular physical activity, like running, cycling, or swimming keeps your digestive system active.
BEST EXERCISES FOR GUT HEALTH
While all forms of exercise are beneficial, certain types stand out when it comes to supporting your gut:
AEROBIC: cardiovascular exercises like brisk walking, jogging, cycling, or dancing increase blood flow.
STRENGTH TRAINING: Resistance exercises, such as lifting weights or bodyweight workouts, can strengthen your gut.
YOGA AND PILATES: These mind and body practices incorporate gentle movements, strectching, and deep breathing, which can help reduce stress.
Amazingly, even if your diet isn't optimal, exercise can still make a positive difference in your gut microbiome.
What's your favorite workout? The one you actually enjoy? I do three strength and cardio full-body workout classes and two strength workouts per week.
Here's to a healthy week.
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