Whether the result of poor diet, inactivity or a chronic intestinal condition, gas can build up in your belly and make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. Gas pains can be sharp and stabbing or simply make you feel full, but either way, they mean you may experience an embarrassing need to pass gas. Exercises for gas can help move the gas through your system more efficiently. After a quick workout, you should feel better and less embarrassed about your gas problem.
Walk It Out
Walking can help relieve gas and gas pains. You may find that if you've had abdominal surgery, like a cesarean section, your doctor will recommend that you get up and walk as soon as possible, notes an article in Healthline.
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Gas can build up in your system and cause pain when you're inactive, so it's important that you make an effort to move your body in order to move the gas more efficiently through your digestive system.
Yoga for Gas
Yoga for gas actually has an asana called the Wind-Relieving Pose, as it helps to push excess gas through the belly in order to expel it. Start by lying on your back on a yoga mat. Slowly bring your left knee to your chest and grasp your knee with both hands, pulling it toward yourself. Hold for five seconds and release; then repeat with the right leg.
Next, bring both legs to your chest and wrap your arms around them to pull them close to your body. This will help put pressure on your belly to move the gas through your system. While you're hugging your knees, you can also rock gently from side to side to move the process along.
Read more: Exercises to Reduce Stomach Gas
Exercise for Gas
Regular crunches help to contract and release your stomach muscles, which can help move painful gas efficiently through your digestive system. Lie on your back on an exercise mat. Bend your knees to a 45-degree angle and place your hands behind your head.
Inhale and lift your head, neck and shoulders off of the mat by contracting your abdominal muscles. Ensure that you don't pull on your head and neck, but rather allow your abs to do the lifting for you. Lower yourself as you exhale and repeat 12 to15 times.
Read more: Exercises to Reduce Abdominal Bloating
Positions to Relieve Gas
Child's pose is another yoga asana, or position to relieve gas, that can help put pressure on the belly, suggests Yogic Logic. Kneel on a yoga mat. Place your hands down on the mat and slowly push your bottom back onto your heels. Lay the tops of your hands flat on the mat and lower your forehead to the mat. You should feel a moderate stretch along your spine and slight pressure on your belly.
Hold the pose for 30 seconds, pushing yourself back into a deeper stretch if necessary. If it feels uncomfortable laying your chest and abdomen against your upper thighs due to a bigger belly, by all means, spread your knees. The wind-relieving effects will be the same.
Is this an emergency? If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, please see the National Library of Medicine’s list of signs you need emergency medical attention or call 911.