A walk after eating can go extremely far to lower blood sugar, improve insulin sensitivity, and accelerate fat loss — all things which are extremely desirable, especially in an age of rampant Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
We have sung the praises of walking on multiple occasions and even laid out three reasons why you should walk after a meal.
But, for the purpose of this article, we will briefly touch upon one of the most attractive reasons for walking — something that we have described as being the best form of cardio in the past.
A Walk After Meals Can Lower Blood Sugar/Improve Insulin Sensitivity
A walk after meals can help lower blood sugar, and, in turn, improve insulin sensitivity — which will go a long way in altering a poor body composition.
The last meal of the day is responsible for the greatest spike in insulin levels and a short family walk is all it takes to mitigate this spike.
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In a study conducted on senior citizens, three 15-minute walks were all it took to lower blood sugar levels on those prone to diabetes [R].
In fact, three 15-minute walks after meals were significantly more effective than one 45-minute walk at lowering blood sugar levels.
The 2013 study published in the American Diabetes Association found that: “Short, intermittent bouts of postmeal walking appear to be an effective way to control postprandial hyperglycemia in older people.”
“These findings are good news for people in their 70s and 80s who may feel more capable of engaging in intermittent physical activity on a daily basis,” said a researcher.
Another study from 2016 found that three 10-minute walks were more effective at lowering blood sugar levels than one 30 minute walk [R].
Researchers believe that a walk after a meal can help diabetics reduce the number of medications required to address their condition.
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As our insulin resistance crisis worsens, this method to lower blood sugar can go a long way in improving your health.
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