importance of exercise

The importance of exercise within the AIP lifestyle

10 October 2023

Within the AIP Circle, three elements are central: nutrition, sleep, and exercise. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of exercise within the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) lifestyle. If you are familiar with AIP, you know that it is a dietary and lifestyle approach that focuses on reducing inflammation in people with autoimmune diseases or individuals experiencing symptoms that may be associated with autoimmune diseases. In addition to nutrition, exercise plays a crucial role in promoting optimal health and improving outcomes. That's why we will discuss the benefits of regular exercise and why it is essential for your well-being.

The importance of exercise for the intestines

First and foremost, exercise is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can help reduce overall inflammation levels in the body. Exercise stimulates intestinal movement, also known as peristalsis. During physical activity, such as walking in the forest, running, cycling, or going to the gym, the abdominal muscles are actively used. These muscle movements help the intestines move food more efficiently through the digestive system. This can help prevent constipation and promote regular bowel movements. Exercise is also good for when you try cutting and bulking. Read about this and the influence of the AIP diet on them in this article.

Furthermore, exercise promotes circulation, including blood flow to the intestines. Good blood circulation is essential for healthy intestinal function, as it transports oxygen and nutrients to the intestines, necessary for optimal digestion and cell regeneration. This, in turn, can help people with symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and promote the healing of potentially damaged intestinal tissues. Exercise is also important for improving the gut-brain balance. Read more about this in this blog.

Balanced gut flora through exercise

In addition, physical activity supports gut flora. A healthy gut flora, consisting of a diverse community of bacteria, is essential for healthy digestion and a strong immune system. Regular physical activity such as walking or going to the gym can contribute to a balanced gut flora by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria and reducing the risk of overgrowth of harmful bacteria.

Exercise boosts metabolism

Regular exercise also increases metabolism, helps burn calories, and aids in building muscle mass, which, in turn, can help regulate weight and promote a healthy and fit body. Exercise can also assist in weight management.

The importance of exercise in reducing stress

Stress is the biggest enemy of both our intestines and our entire immune system. Stress negatively affects the immune system and can exacerbate inflammation. Therefore, exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and improve your overall fitness. During physical activity, endorphins, also known as "happy hormones," are released, leading to an improved mood and a reduction in anxiety and depression. Often, people with burnout-like symptoms are advised to go for a walk in the forest due to the tranquility and physical activity that triggers the release of these happy hormones. Read more about how forest walks fit within the AIP Circle here.

A good night’s rest is guaranteed

Lastly, and to complete our circle, regular physical activity supports our sleep quality. Think of those times when you've exercised vigorously only to end up in a deep sleep. Good sleep is essential for the body and mind's recovery and is a gift to our intestines. This ensures that you have more energy throughout the day, so you don't feel like you have to perform on an empty battery. As a result, you feel better, and you experience fewer emotional irritations. Read more about the way nutrition influences sleep in this article.

How to exercise?

It is clear that exercise plays a crucial role in promoting healthy intestinal health. From our gut flora to our happy hormones. The beauty of exercise is that it can be applied in many ways in our daily lives. Enjoy nature or find peace at a local yoga club. It is especially important to find a form of exercise that suits you as an individual and that you enjoy. By exercising regularly, we not only give our intestines a massage but also promote our mental well-being. Visit the website for assistance in implementing the AIP Lifestyle. Your intestines will thank you.