Have you ever been advised to ‘take a walk’ after a heavy meal because it is healthy? Most will suggest that you take a 10 minutes-walk while some even suggested that you walk the stairs.
This is to help with your digestion especially when you are eating more than normal. This is actually sound and healthy advice because it has been scientifically proven to be effective.
As reported recently in the New York Times, there are actually scientific evidence that show that besides getting over the bloating, it actually helps digestion tremendously. In fact, there has been 2 different studies in this area. In 2008, a study found that walking about after a meal expedited the rate of the food moving around the stomach areas. In another study, it was found that this action actually decreases blood sugar in your body. As a result, it can reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases and even diabetes.
This is because walking helps to clear glucose levels in your blood stream while at the same time moves the food around your system faster. When that happens, the nutrients can be absorbed into the respective areas quicker while toxins can be processed and removed from your body in a shorter span of time.
How much should you walk?
Knowing that walking is a healthy habit after a meal is one thing, actually practicing it is another. Walking to exercise is not just blind walking about. There is a certain amount of walking you should embark into and knowing what works and what don’t is crucial.
If you want to lose about 20 pounds by walking, you should do this each time for about 5 to 6 months. Obviously, your daily diet must be observed as well.
Take note that 2 factors are involved to burn calories in this practice. The first is your body weight while the second is the place that you are walking around in.
For example, if you plan to burn 500 calories in an hour, you should be walking at an average speed of 5 miles per hour but that should not be the maximum you should plan. This can be expanded or reduced where needed. If you want to burn another 400 calories, then you can always add another 4 miles to your programme.
This can be aided with the use of pedometer. For optimal results, wear the pedometer close to your hip areas as it is a very light device. The pedometer comes in different shapes and sizes and getting one that suits your fitness programme will be crucial to your aim.
So, here’s how you can calculate.
If you burn 100 calories for every mile you walk (at an average of 2,000 steps) and where 3,500 calories make up 1 pound, then you will need to burn 500 calories daily. This means that you will have to take 10,000 steps daily in order to lose 1 pound in a week. That should make up to 5 miles daily.