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Lately, I have been observing my body; the way it reacts to certain things, how I feel energetic some days and absolutely devoid of energy on others. And I tend to feel lazy and bloated whenever I am on a holiday and not indulging in any physical activity. I also observed that the bloating and digestive issues continued for a while even after I resumed a healthier lifestyle.
This propelled me to do some research about the digestive system and its impact on our overall health. Soon enough, I found out that our digestive health has a direct impact on our overall well-being. During my research, I also stumbled upon HappyTummy.aashirvaad.com, where one could take a digestive quotient test. This is to find out how good one’s digestive health is. I took the test and my DQ score was 61, which was a little above average. This made me realize that I need to improve my digestive health, and one of the best ways to do that is through physical activity.
So, I have been making it a point to keep myself physically active regularly. If you are wondering how to keep yourself physically active while you have a sedentary lifestyle and a jam-packed daily schedule, here are five easy activities you can take up.
I have known that brisk walking has several health benefits, but I recently came to know that regular brisk walking is immensely beneficial for good digestion. I always make sure to walk at least 10,000 steps every single day without fail, and on days when it is not possible to go out of the house, I try to reach my target by just walking around the house or walking around the terrace.
2. Taking the stairs
We are so accustomed to using elevators that it is almost painful to use stairs even if we are only going up two flights of stairs. I realized that when I first tried to take the stairs instead of the elevator. But taking the stairs is a great way to keep fit as well as keep your digestive health on track. Hence, always try to opt for the stairs instead of the elevator while going out or coming back home.
Dance is a good way to get your body moving. Whenever I am in the mood, I put on some music and dance with my little one. My daughter really enjoys grooving to bollywood music. This activity is as rewarding physically as it is emotionally. And when I say that one should dance, I do not mean that you have to dance like a professional. All you have to do is put on your favorite track and move. Enjoy the moment because any movement is better than no movement.
Controlling one’s breath is very beneficial for digestive health. Through yoga, you can take up breathing exercises as well as simple asanas like Apanasana, Bhujangasana and Dhanurasana that greatly aid in improving digestion.
5. Playing with your child
I feel this is one of the easiest ways to get moving. Every child loves to play with their mum and dad. So I take advantage of this fact and try to spend at least an hour every day playing with my son. We run, play tag or pass the ball. Whatever be the activity, it makes me move and in turn, helps me boost my digestive health.
In addition to physical activities, one must make sure to incorporate a good amount of fibre into one’s diet since fibre ensures healthy digestion. Since fruits and vegetables are rich in fibre, I try to include them in every meal. I also include Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains in my family’s daily diet. It contains the goodness of 6 different grains like wheat, soya, channa, maize, oats and psyllium husk. The various grains make it high in fibre and micronutrients which aids your digestive health. It is a great way is to incorporate fibre content in everyday food without affecting the taste of your favourite chapatis, paranthas and pooris.
I hope this post was useful to you. How do you maintain your digestive health? If you have any additional tips, do share them in the comments.