It's that time of year when the world falls in love with sugar and carbs and sodium and calories. And no matter how delicious it all tastes, the sudden influx of these types of foods doesn't always bode well for our digestion systems.
But before you reach for that trusty pink bottle, here are some stretches that will help put your system back on track.
Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly as you fold forward, hinging at the hips. Hold on to your shins, ankles or whatever you can reach, and hold for seven slow, deep breaths.
Start at standing and spread your feet into a wide stance while raising your arms out and parallel to the floor. Keep your legs straight as you exhale and bend to place your left hand on your left ankle or the ground, your right hand open and reaching upward. Keep your chest open and facing forward as you turn your head toward your right hand. Hold for seven slow, deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
Seated Abdomen Twist
Sit upright with your shoulders down and your legs straight in front of you. Cross your left leg over your right, bringing up your left foot so that it sits on the floor on the outside of your right knee. Hug your left knee with your right elbow and twist to the left, looking back over your left shoulder. Hold for five slow, deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
Knees to Chest
Lie flat on your back and exhale as you bring both knees up, hugging them into your chest. Relax your head, neck and shoulders. Hold for seven slow, deep breaths. Return to first position and repeat, this time pulling in the left knee while the right leg remains outstretched on the ground. Hold for seven slow, deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
Legs Up the Wall
We saved the easiest and laziest for last. Lie flat on the ground and lift your legs so that they're resting straight against the wall. Your bottom should be scooted all the way to the floorboard. Relax your head, neck and shoulders, breathe deeply and chill here for as long as you want.