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Exercising After Your Thanksgiving Feast

Another successful Thanksgiving: Your stomach is filled with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, and you’re lying on the couch in front of a TV running a disappointing Cowboys vs Football Team matchup. But wait! Here’s an opportunity for you to do some exercises to aid with digestion and maybe open up some space for a midnight snack.

Disclaimer: The best way to aid digestion is to lead an overall healthy and active lifestyle in preparation for your Thanksgiving meal. This includes a high-fiber diet (fruits and vegetables) and drinking lots of water.

  • Thread the needle: gentle mobility to warm up your back muscles and the joints in your spine.
  • Bird dog: This exercise works your scapular muscles, back muscles, core, and glutes.
  • Body-weight squat progression: Resistance exercise is OK to do after eating! Maybe not immediately, but give it about 45 minutes, and keep it moderately difficult or less.
  • Taking a walk: Research supports walking after eating! It has been linked to faster digestion and lower rates of heartburn.
  • Hop on the stationary bike: Keep things light- to moderate-intensity.


Andrew YoonAndrew Yoon

Andrew Yoon

Previously, Andrew has held roles as a high school math teacher through Teach for America and president of an a cappella group at Northwestern. He was also a multi-sport athlete in high school. Drawing from these leadership and social experiences, Andrew utilizes an open, patient-centered approach in which he encourages patients to set personal goals, track progress toward those goals, and remain active participants in their recovery.

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