Eating is an activity done sitting down. But after finishing a meal, what comes next? A 15-minute walk, according to scientists. In an analysis recently published in the journal Sports Medicine.
Experts looked at factors like sitting, standing, and walking and how these affect heart health, blood pressure, and insulin levels. Their findings showed that walking after a meal, even if it is for two to five minutes, had a positive impact on balancing blood sugar levels.
People with Diabetes must avoid sharp changes in blood sugar levels. Spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Standing is also recommended after eating. It has a smaller impact than walking but is still beneficial.
When explaining the benefits of walking, author of “Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar.” Jessie Inchauspé said to The New York Times.
“Your muscles will soak up some of that excess glucose,” said Jessie Inchauspé, author of the book “Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar.”
“You still had the same meal, but the impact on your body will be lessened,” she added.
A short walk within 60 to 90 minutes after finishing a meal is helpful to manage fluctuations in blood sugar, as blood sugar spikes more after eating. But walking shouldn’t only be limited to being done after eating. Getting up and moving your body works just as well.
“Moving even a little bit is worthwhile and can lead to measurable changes, as these studies showed, in your health markers,” Dr. Euan Ashley, a cardiologist at Stanford University who was not associated with the study, said.
Experts focusing on workplace physical activity interventions have stated that a short walk is beneficial and helpful in the office, like standing up and grabbing coffee.
People “are not going to get up and run on a treadmill or run around the office,” he said, but they could get some coffee or even go for a stroll down the hallway.” said Aidan Buffey, a graduate student at the University of Limerick.
Standing might be the next best thing if the environment is restricted, but sitting down is not an option.
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