Granted, people walk after big meals because they ate too much …and probably have gas!
Still, did you know that there is actual science that shows there is true value to your health?
Postmeal walking for 15 minutes reduces blood sugar levels and slows the rise of blood sugar caused by the recent meal. A walk of 40 minutes was far better, so shoot for a minimum of 15, but try to work up to 40 minutes. – Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2009 Dec
Other studies have shown that it helps with insulin sensitivity for Type 2 Diabetics, not to mention lowering blood pressure and postprandial (i.e., after eating) triglycerides.
What can you do while walking?
- Listen to music
- Listen to podcasts
- Walk to the store
- Call a friend
- Walk the dog
- Walk someone else’s dog
My author friend David Wright has even started to record his own podcast while walking. The Walking Dave can be found here on his site: The Walking Dave Podcast.
Have a nice walk!
PS – Thanks to Juliaf for the featured image of the ‘walking feet!’