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The Best Time to Walk Is After Your Evening Meal

Updated on September 18, 2018
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Walking is an easy and beneficial way to improve your health. No special equipment required. Put on your shoes and head for the door.

A leisurely walk is all it takes

According to the researchers in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, walking shortly after a meal is a highly effective way to burn energy. We are burning calories as well, so essentially we are getting a double boost. Walking is an easy and convenient way to exercise. All we have to do is set the time and the place. Put on our shoes and head out the door.

Instead of plopping down in front of our TV sets, or sitting endlessly at the computer, we can choose to take a nice leisurely walk after our evening meal. Sitting on our butts by the way promotes fat-forming, fatigue, and grumpiness. Wouldn't you rather burn calories, fat and get a rush of energy by way of a walk after eating your supper? A short zip around the block is all it takes.

A healthy walk or some other light exercise program after your evening meal may also help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep according to the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center in Rochester MN. Light evening exercise can also help ease those late-night cravings for high fat foods and sweet sugary snacks, encouraging you to add healthy snacks instead.

A light 10 minute walk started 15-20 minutes after your meal, is all it takes to stretch our muscles and adjust our metabolism. It is best not to walk immediately after our meal, it could cause acid reflux or other stomach upsets. So wait for the meal to settle and get up and go.

Keep our pace light and comfortable, the most effective is a slow sustained walk. Avoid walking briskly, as this could make our food much harder to digest. The key ingredient here is to enjoy ourselves, stay healthy, and get energized while light walking.

Benefits of walking

The benefits of walking are far better than not walking at all. Walking in itself for the joy of walking should be enough. But unfortunately it isn't that simple. What will walking do for you? These improvements are essential for healthy mind and body.

  • It can improve digestion and blood sugar levels.
  • Walking 20 minutes a day will burn 7 pounds of body fat a year.
  • Depression. Walking triggers endorphins, helps with relaxation, can prevent anxiety and depression.
  • Heart disease. Can reduce stress, blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.
  • Cuts Alzheimer's Disease risk by 50% over 5 years.
  • Builds and tones muscles.
  • Risk factors for upper respiratory infections can be reduced by 30% by a daily walk.
  • Improve sleep quality

Those are just a few of the reasons walking after a meal everyday can improve the quality of our lives. Just a short 10-15 minute walk every day to give us the gift of a better and much improved life. I can attest to this.

Say no to defeat!
Say no to defeat!


'It's hard enough to walk, much less walk after a meal." I know, I hear that! But the positives most certainly outweigh the negatives. But here are a few things to get you in the mood and walking after eating.

  • Do you have a dog? If so, this is the perfect time to take your pooch outside.
  • Do you live in the city? If so, walk home. Forget the bus, the subway or the taxi. If it's safe take the walk.
  • Think positive, think of the benefits we'll reap by walking. Think of the sleep we'll get by walking after our meal.
  • A good time to check out the neighborhood, stop in and visit with a neighbor, catch up on the goings on.
  • A reason to buy a new pair of walking shoes.
  • The beauty of being outside. Smell the fresh air, the flowers, the rain, the sun on or face.
  • Think of it as preventing Type 2 diabetes.

Walking after our evening meal as many benefits as you can see. I do believe walking after our evening meal can improve our cholesterol, sugar levels, our minds, our hearts and our moods. So, those are some of the reasons walking after we eat can be a great motivator. We really have nothing to lose, well except maybe a few extra pounds. So I say let's get up and just do it.

Eat, enjoy, rest and walk, walk, walk.


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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      10 years ago from Washington MI

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the comment. That is one of the better things about walking, taking in your surroundings. And just being outdoors.

    • Chris Eddy111 profile image

      Chris Eddy111 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love to walk because it gives you a chance to look around and enjoy yourself. Walking is good for you and a great habit for sure. Thanks for the hub.

    • trish1048 profile image


      12 years ago


      Good information. I should try to do some walking myself, and with the crazy hours I keep, it would probably be a wise decision to do it before I go to work, and give up 10-15 minutes in front of this computer.

      I hadn't heard before that walking can deepen your sleep. I used to not sleep through the night, then something changed (I have no clue what) and now I do sleep very soundly, so soundly in fact, that I hear NOTHING. My alarm is set on full blast right next to my head, and I can sleep through that at times, yet my daughter, who sleeps at the other end of the house can hear it. Go figure lol,,,

      Thanks again for sharing,


    • Fat Into The Fire profile image

      Fat Into The Fire 

      12 years ago from


      Great post on walking! I have been doing light walks after meals for years. It does indeed have an increased effect on calorie burning(metabolism), is helpful for digestion, and quite simply makes you feel better.

      Indeed, much better than flopping down on the couch with the remote!

      Exercise science has always been my passion. I live in NC right now, but attended Slippery Rock University for my degree in Exercise Physiology. I only mention this since you make note of the exercise science dept. at USC. I did not know they had one. That's great!

      Keep walking it off!


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