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Years ago you may have been told that you should not do anything strenuous after eating because you may risk experiencing discomfort, stomach pain, heartburn, or diarrhea. But it seems as though the experts have changed their mind.
You do NOT want to get a full blown sweat session going, but it now is proven to be very beneficial for us to go for a moderate or light walk after eating. Listed below are some of the benefits
Moving your body helps to promote stimulation or movement of the stomach and intestines, causing food to move through more rapidly. So much so that it has been shown to prevent diseases like peptic ulcers, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease, constipation, and colorectal cancer!
Even just light exercise after eating can help reduce the amount of insulin your body needs. By moving your muscle essentially soaks up a lot of the carbs that would normally increase your blood sugar causing insulin to be released. So this is extremely helpful for those that are diabetic, prediabetic, or have insulin resistance.
Walking after you eat for 10 minutes after each meal was proven to be superior to walking for 30 minutes at any one time for blood sugar management in a study from 2016 for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
A recent study looking at individuals with IBS found that severity of the symptoms and discomfort were actually directly linked to how much the individuals walked! The study said "Based on our findings," the study concludes, "increasing the daily step count to 9,500 steps from 4,000 steps will result in 50% reduction in the severity of symptoms."
This was most likely due to the improved digestion and gastric emptying of the intestines!
Let’s face it, it is a chain effect. You start one healthy habit and you feel like you do not want it to be negated. So a 10 minute walk after dinner might lead to healthier food choices, and the continued benefits below of stress management, and better sleep!
It is proven time and time again that moderate exercise can help decrease stress. A study back in 2019 from the journal Frontiers in Public Health found that taking a 20 minute-long walk in nature can significantly lower your body's cortisol levels. That's the hormone that spikes when you're stressed and can cause weight gain around your midsection and disrupt your sleep.
Get the hint from the benefits above? Less stress, better blood sugar, more relaxed. All leading to a better night sleep!
If you are adding more activity to your day and not increasing your calorie intake it sure is possible that these three 10 minute walks a day can help you lose some pounds!