Why You Should Take a Short Walk After Eating

people walking after lunch

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Walking after a meal is scientifically proven to improve digestion and control blood sugar. It helps accelerate the rate of digestion. In people with high blood sugar levels (diabetes, pre-diabetes), walking for 20 minutes after a meal helps take the edge off the blood sugar spike. In fact 3 short walks after each meal were better for blood sugar control than one long walk during the day.

Not to mention that walking helps burn some calories, clears the mind, and improves your mood.

Important: You need to walk after eating, not while you are eating ;-)

Get into the habit of taking a short walk after eating. This is probably easier on the weekend at home, but many of us can sneak in a 15-minute walk after lunch at work too. Buddy up with some office mates and call it a work meeting.

Sources:
Postprandial walking but not consumption of alcoholic digestifs or espresso accelerates gastric emptying in healthy volunteers.
Postprandial walking is better for lowering the glycemic effect of dinner than pre-dinner exercise in type 2 diabetic individuals.

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  • Jean

    When I was pregnant, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I desperately wanted to control the diabetes with diet and exercise and not have to take meds/insulin (I was afraid of giving myself a needle).

    I walked after every meal for 20 minutes at as quick of a pace as my pregnant body would allow. It was seriously like magic.

    It especially helped in the final month when even I was having an incredibly hard time with blood sugar spikes. A few times when I didn’t walk, I’d do a one-hour reading and my blood sugar was too high. Then if quickly throw on my coat and head out for a 20 minute walk and my reading would be normal upon return.

    I learned that exercise is magic for your body. We need to eat less to lose weight but exercise is like magic for the health of our bodies!

    • peggy

      it make sense!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Philippe-Boucher/585203593 Philippe Boucher

    I guess in many companies this is not possible. Unfortunately.

  • http://www.simplyfitandclean.com/ Sarah McMullin

    Referenced this article in my blog here: http://www.simplyfitandclean.com/2013/11/21/holiday-weight-gain/ Walking after eating is so important!