What Exercise Has to Do with Gut Health

This month on the blog we are talking all about movement and how movement creates mobility (bowel movement). My doctors told me for years to get my body moving. That movement creates mobility. My answer always was… they just do not understand, it’s not that easy. Who wants to exercise when you feel like crap and when I went to a class and started moving...guess what happened????

Things started MOVING and I would spend the whole class in the damn bathroom or embarrassed from the “smell” in my corner of the room.

Once I got over my fears and the stories (excuses) that I told myself, it actually really did work. I have to get past the story in my head that “every” time I exercised I got sick. The truth is, I did not. I just did not want to exercise!!!


Exercise isn’t all about the physical. It goes far beyond muscle tone and calories burned. Exercise affects your whole body, including your gut. Professional athletes show a much more diverse microbiome than their non-exercising counterparts of similar age and weight.

Moving your body helps stimulate the lymphatic system, the system that helps your body to remove toxins and maintain a healthy circulation. Other ways to stimulate the lymphatic system include massage and dry brushing, but exercise is highly effective and has other benefits like boosting mood and cardiovascular health.

Exercise helps gut flora by modulating it and increasing diversity. It helps with detoxification and increasing oxygen levels which can help boost energy, a common issue with anyone trying to repair their digestion. When the powerful mood boosting effects of exercise meet those of a healthy microbiome, something amazing happens. We take back our power and realize that feeling good is in our hands.

But let’s face it, when you’re suffering from digestive distress, it’s not exactly enticing to go to the gym or workout really hard. That’s fine because all that’s really needed is a brisk walk, a swim, just something to get your blood flowing and your heart rate up. The most important thing is just to move in a way that makes you happy and your gut will be happy too.

There are two exercises that really helped me, LBAR & Knees to Chest. Come back next week for instructions for them and a great handout.

The doors are now open for both my 6 month coaching program, 
Supercharge Your Gut as well as the 30 day introduction to gut health, Kickstart Your Gut. Click HERE to book your free discovery call and see if either of them are right for you. If you are not already in the Facebook group, jump on in. I share lots of great information and it is a safe community to learn, grow and help each other.

Remember it all starts with good gut health, Supercharge your gut and supercharge your life.

Yvonne