3 exercises for IBS symptom relief

While it might be tempting to curl up on the couch when your digestive issues are flaring, studies show that low-to-moderate intensity exercise may actually help reduce irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and improve overall well-being.1 Exercise can also lead to better sleep patterns and reduce stress — two things that are closely related to IBS as well. So, if you’re ready to get moving, consider these 3 types of exercise for IBS symptom relief:

1. Yoga for IBS

Yoga focuses on movement that connects our minds and bodies, which is helpful for people living with IBS because of the gut-brain axis. For example, the practice of bringing awareness to your breath can reduce stress and, in turn, GI symptoms. Additionally, gentle yoga poses can both strengthen and relax the muscles associated with your digestive tract in a positive way. 

2. Walking or jogging

Going for a long walk or a light jog is great exercise that you can do just about anywhere — and will help to release endorphins or “feel good hormones”. And, walking or running outdoors comes with added benefits: studies show that spending time in nature has a positive effect on health, from building resilience — which can help you cope with IBS — to enhanced emotional well-being.2

3. Biking or cycling

Biking is a low-impact workout that’s easier on your joints, and you can cycle indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. With cycling, you can also easily control the intensity of your workout. Ramp up the peddling or increase resistance if you’re feeling up for it, or slow down for a more leisurely ride. 

Other tips to get started: Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while you exercise, and don’t forget to use the bathroom before you get started. And, just like any exercise program, be sure to check in with your doctor about your unique needs before you get moving.

To get whole-person digestive care tailored to your needs — including dietary guidance, gut-brain support, lifestyle enhancements, and more — schedule your first visit with an Oshi Health GI provider today.

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