6 Exercises To Reduce Post-Holiday Bloating
It’s common to overindulge during the holiday season, but unfortunately, it is sometimes accompanied by the dreaded feeling of being bloated. All it takes is that one extra cookie (or three) or a few more drinks, and suddenly you find yourself with a sense of fullness and tightness in your stomach. Bloating can be an entirely uncomfortable experience, and although monitoring your food intake is one of the surest ways to avoid it, specific exercises can help to debloat you once it’s already too late. So instead of getting down on yourself this holiday season, try to incorporate some activities post-meal instead. Reduce your post-holiday feast bloat with these six exercises.
While it’s not advisable to partake in high-intensity exercises after a meal, it can be beneficial to do some light cardio. If a meal leaves you bloated try going for a walk or a low-intensity bike ride after. A 2006 study revealed that light exercise after a meal “enhances intestinal clearance” and reduces gas build up in the intestines.
Performing high knees can be an efficient way to reduce bloating. However, you have to wait at least two hours after eating to do this. A high knee exercise just involves an individual running on the spot but lifting the knees one at a time toward your chest. Do one-minute intervals for 2-3 sets.
Holding a bridge pose can help to expel gas from the body and reduce bloating. Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet planted on the floor hip-width apart. Place your hands on the floor beside you with your palms down. Tighten your glutes and lift your hips up toward the ceiling. Hold for 2-seconds and release. Repeat 5 times.