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After-Dinner Stretches for Thanksgiving

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We know the feeling of eating too much food during Thanksgiving dinner. While avoiding overeating is definitely possible, even on Thanksgiving, we understand that monitoring how many calories you intake — especially during a holiday with a huge feast like this upcoming one — can be extremely difficult and hard to follow. So today the Azure Villas Blog is reaching out to residents of our apartment community in Pembroke Pines, FL, offering help to those who might just eat a little too much this Thanksgiving.

Eating too much can lead to major discomfort in the body and can make digestion a pain. Deal with it better by trying a few simple after-dinner stretches. Why not practice a few of these in preparation for the holiday? Caution: Doing any of these poses too fast after a meal can cause heartburn, so take it slow!

The first pose on our list is the Downward Facing Dog pose. Sit on your heels, lower your head on the mat, stretch your arms forward, reach the table pose, and push with your hands while straightening your legs. Extend your pelvic bones up and heels down. Let your head hang freely, stretching your waist. This pose brings the entire body into alignment and naturally relaxes the digestive tract.

The Garland Pose is another great after-dinner stretch. And don’t worry if squatting is too difficult. You can always sit on the front edge of a chair seat and move your thighs to form a right angle to your torso. Then place your heels on the floor slightly ahead of your knees. End by leaning your torso forward between the thighs.

The third and final stretch we’ll focus on is the Reclining Bound Angle Pose, which increases blood flow to your abdominal organs and pelvis. The space that is created allows digestion to be more efficient.

If you’d like to try more, try more soothing stretches to instantly ease digestion. You can also try out these three suggested exercises to help with digestion.

What do you do to help your body after you’ve eaten too much? We hope the stretches in today’s post help to ease your body’s digestion, making recovering from your meal a good experience. Thanks for reading. Happy Thanksgiving!