How 30 Minutes of Walking After Meals Can Help You Stay Fit

Smriti Agarwal  |  Updated: February 22, 2017 17:54 IST

How 30 Minutes of Walking After Meals Can Help You Stay Fit
  • Brisk walking right after a meal helps in better digestion
  • Digestion is the process of breaking down the food that you have consumed
  • Here are some benefits of walking post meals
The laziest hour of the day strikes right after a heavy meal. You feel clumsy and lie down in your couches in front of the flat screens. Here is where you go wrong with your health. You should never sit or lie down after consuming your food. Instead, to keep fit and stay healthy, pull up your socks and go for a walk for at least half an hour.

Dr. Simran Saini, a leading Nutritionist, says, “Brisk walking right after a meal helps in better digestion and reduces belly fat, which simply occurs due to no physical activity after eating. Also when we take a walk after eating we use up our consumed nutrients more efficiently.”

Here are some benefits of walking post meals:

1. Helps in Digesting Food

If you feel stuffed and lethargic after overeating, go out and walk. Digestion is the process of breaking down the food that you have consumed. It is put into action as soon as you finish eating. Walking helps in easing the body’s process of digestion, as well as prevent a lot of stomach problems, including indigestion and heartburn.

2. Speeds Up Your Metabolism

If you are willing to stay in the right shape it is very important to take a walk after a meal since it helps in stimulating your metabolism, which in turn helps in burning calories. The faster your metabolism, the faster you’ll burn calories, and thus, the better your weight will be controlled.

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3. Provides Better Sleep

Many times we go to sleep with a lot of stress in our minds. Troubles from work or personal life don’t let us enjoy a peaceful dreamland. Take a walk after your supper which will not only help in reducing stress levels, but also boost your blood circulation - both important for a good night's sleep!

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4. Lowers Blood Sugar

Why go through medication when you can lower your blood sugar by walking for just 30 minutes after consuming a meal? This is wonderful news for those who are at risk of diabetes, as well as those who want to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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5. Helps in Reducing Weight

How many of us actually stick to the routine of high intensity workouts? Well the good news is you can also achieve your weight loss targets by walking. Walking helps in burning calories and is a key factor in getting the blood flowing, maintaining a healthy weight and living a healthy lifestyle.

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6. Improves Blood Circulation

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A 15-minute walk after eating your dinner enhances blood circulation to various parts of the body. This is mainly due to the fact that walking ensures proper supply of oxygen and nutrients to the heart which in turn causes better blood circulation.

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In a nutshell, walking will not only freshen your senses but also provide you with immense benefits. So leave all the weariness behind and gear up for a healthy lifestyle!


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