(NaturalNews) Staying fit and active is obviously important for overall health, but few people know that exercise can decrease the risk of colon cancer. Exercise creates an overall more efficient gastrointestinal system that has an enhanced amount of circulation and blood flow, allowing the colon to perform at an optimal level.
Thanks to busy schedules and the hectic pace of modern life, not everyone can hit the gym five times a week. However, simply increasing the overall physical activity performed over the course of the day can drastically improve colon health. This can mean anything from taking the stairs instead of the elevator, to parking in the last row at the grocery store and walking across the lot. No matter how busy a person is, there is always room for some extra exercise.
To maintain the best colon health possible, the following five exercises have been recommended as great ways to strengthen the colon and surrounding abdominal muscles and to increase the efficiency of the organ and the other elements of the digestive system.
1. Walking, jogging, or running. These are three exercises that are similar and require no equipment at all; simply getting up and moving can improve blood flow throughout the intestinal tract and enhance the efficiency of the digestive system as a whole. Walking is the most mild of these exercises and can be safe and effective if a relatively quick pace is maintained. Jogging, on the other hand, can be hard on the knees and other joints of the body. To minimize the amount of damage that jogging causes, it is recommended that joggers stick to the softest terrain possible. Dirt or grass works best, but if given the choice between asphalt and concrete, choose asphalt. Running is also effective, but is best maintained by individuals that are already in good shape.
2. Sit ups and crunches. These abdominal exercises strengthen core muscles, improving the body's ability to push toxins and waste out of the digestive system quickly. This is key to improving the health of the colon; as the longer these substances take to get through the system, the more likely they are to cause health issues.
3. Yoga. Not only is yoga a great way to wind down and relieve stress, but it also strengthens the abdominal muscles and increases their flexibility. Some particularly colon-friendly poses are: crow yoga pose, headstand, inverted staff pose, cobra yoga pose, and hero pose.
4. Jumping rope. Though the specific benefits that this exercise provides to the colon are, as of yet, undefined, jumping rope has been proven to increase the heart rate and blood flow, which enhances the overall efficiency of the body's many systems. Additionally, it is believed that jumping rope cleans the organs, something from which the colon and the rest of the intestinal tract benefit greatly.
5. Trampoline exercise. Called "rebounding" by some, jumping on a trampoline can increase the strength of core muscles, enhance peristaltic movement in the body, and increase the effectiveness of the major organs, one of which being the colon. Not only are trampoline exercises good for the colon, but they are also fun and can provide an exciting change of pace in an otherwise mundane exercise routine.
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