To walk or not to walk after a meal?

May 24, 2014

For years people have been taking to the streets to walk and work off their meals.


However, this is not the best way to help your body absorb and utilize the food you have just eaten. When you consume a meal, we want our body's to have the best chance of breaking it down, providing us with energy and using the calories as fuel, instead of storing them as fat.

When we walk or exercise after a meal, the blood is sent to the areas of the body most involved in the movement of the exercise. When we walk, the blood is sent away from the upper extremities and down towards the legs to supply oxygenated blood and energy stores to help you walk. This takes the blood away from your stomach and slows down your body's ability to absorb and burn off the food.  

So next time you decide to have a walk after dinner, let your food settle and go for a walk after around 30-45 minutes.

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