Benefits of Walking After Meals

Three Women on a Walk

Desperate to drop the pounds, you’re dieting. Besides munching on delicious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein, you strive to take a brisk walk every day. You always walk before mealtimes. If you can relate to this scenario, you might want to rethink your strategy. The following benefits of walking soon after eating are compelling.

Walks Boost Digestion

Soon after you eat foods, your body begins the process of digesting them. Taking a walk immediately after consuming a meal will help food flow quickly into your belly. Gravity will help restrain acid in your gut. Because this acid won’t jump outside of your stomach, you’ll likely decrease your risk of suffering from gastric reflux.

Walks Promote Sound Sleep

Do you often struggle to fall asleep after eating a heavy meal? Taking a walk after dinner can promote sound sleep. Your:

  • Food may digest faster
  • Blood circulation might improve
  • Stress levels may decrease

Walks Help with Blood Sugar Maintenance

Do you suffer from pre-diabetes or diabetes? Walking after mealtimes might help you control those pesky blood sugar levels. A research study examined the effects on blood sugar levels of both walking for 15 minutes immediately after mealtimes and walking for 45 minutes in the evening. Both walking options enhanced glucose tolerance. Participants manufactured less insulin. However, the 15 minute walks right after meals produced the most promising results.

Call Metabolic Research Center to Learn More

If you’re struggling to lose weight by dieting alone, beginning an exercise program is a smart idea. Thankfully, you don’t need to invest in a gym membership to get a wonderful workout. Merely walking around your neighborhood can help you burn calories and increase your heart rate. Even better, enjoying a stroll after mealtimes might produce the aforementioned benefits. To discover more helpful diet and exercise tips, consider scheduling a free, initial consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.


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