Light Exercises After Eating Too Much

During the holiday’s people count their blessings, but forget to count their calories. The average holiday meal hits its high note with a whopping 3,000 to 4,500 calories. So, let’s focus on light exercises to do after eating too much this holiday season.

Many studies have demonstrated that the timing of meals and exercise is important. If you insist on engaging in high-intensity activity (such as running, aerobics or kickboxing) you need to give yourself a longer lead time for your food to digest. While heavy exercises will only cause dizziness, vertigo and nausea, light exercise may be the cherry on top of a big meal. Here’s some suggestions after a heavy meal.

Take a Walk

One easy way to get your dinner digesting is to do some easy low-impact cardio. Consider taking a quick jaunt around the neighborhood or a walk in the park. According to MyFitnessPal, mixing short, fast walks with longer, more leisurely ones is also an effective way to lose belly fat.

Focus on Your Core

After eating too much, it’s natural to want to tighten your belly. It’s also a good area to focus on for light exercises after binge-eating. After all, core strength is critical to pretty much every activity you do! Blogilates on YouTube has a great exercise routine to focus on after a big meal.

Try Yoga

If you’re in a food coma, there are a few great yoga poses to help with digestion and boost your energy. The pose, Sukasana, or “Easy Pose” is a wonderful way to start. I also highly suggest checking out Yoga with Adrienne as she shares her Yoga for Digestion video. Namaste!


Did these light exercises work for you? Do you have any ideas to share with me? I’d love to hear your thoughts at If you’re looking for more exercise, let me recommend 12 Days of Healthy Holiday Christmas Activities. Also, please be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul newsletter in order to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday.

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