Is Walking After a Meal a Good Idea?

Older Man Walking with a Little Girl

Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to schedule a vigorous workout right after a meal, especially if you have had a lot to eat. Vigorous exercise interferes with digestion, leaving you feeling sick and worn out. However, there a few reasons why you might want to consider going on a short walk shortly after eating.

Walking is known to improve the digestive process. It gets your gastric juices flowing and can even prevent heartburn. Additionally, it speeds up the digestive process as it gets food moving through your digestive track faster than it would have otherwise.

Slow Walk Lowers Post-Meal Blood Sugar

A slow, short walk after a meal is especially helpful if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Research clearly shows that overweight adults who walk for about 15 minutes after eating have better blood sugar levels than those who don't walk at this time. Individuals with Type 2 diabetes who walked for 20 minutes after a meal had lower post-meal blood sugar levels than those who did not walk after a meal. It is important to note that the individuals who did not walk after eating did go for a walk at other times; however, they did not experience the same benefits as those who walked after a meal.

Furthermore, walking right after a meal can boost your metabolism, help your blood remove glucose from your system and reduce stress levels that typically make it hard to get a good night's sleep. While walking does not burn as many calories as other forms of exercise, it is safe even for those who are not in the habit of working out regularly, improves blood circulation throughout the body and can be a very effective way to kick-start your weight loss efforts.


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