Centuries ago, the Greek physician, Hippocrates said, “walking is a man’s best medicine”. This saying is true even today. A study by scientists from the University College London lately proved that walking helps in minimizing the risk of cardiovascular dysfunctions by 31% and even reduces the risk of deaths from diabetes and related illnesses by 32%.
Walking 10,000 steps everyday will help you be fit. Walking can facilitate a healthy living in ways that you couldn’t have imagined. While, it is safest and easiest exercises possible, walking helps cardiovascular fitness, losing weight, boosting your mental health and shapes up your body.
It’s suggested by some health experts that walking 100 steps before going to sleep every night is good for one’s health. Usually, we would spend the time post dinner and before sleep in front of the TV or checking out mails. Instead, go for a short walk- a minimum of 100 steps which, will help you burn calories, improve digestion, and control your blood sugar levels and other health benefits.
- Aids better digestion
Walking accelerates the secretion of gastric juices and enzymes responsible for breaking your food into beneficial elements. In normal conditions it takes some time for this process to start after you have completed your dinner, resulting in the occasional acidity, indigestion and other stomach related complications. Walking around 100 steps will help you sleep better and wake up fresh and healthy.
- Maintains blood sugar
For those suffering from diabetes (type 2) and extreme blood sugar levels, walking after half hour of having had a meal will help break down the food component with more utilization of glucose and improved blood circulation. A physically active body will always need more glucose (sugar level) to burn, thereby controlling/limiting the accumulation of the same.
- Helps body metabolism and facilitates weight loss
Any kind of exercise boosts the body metabolism, aiding in better blood circulation, burning stored fats and filtering unwanted chemicals out of the body. While you certainly cannot go through a rigorous exercise after dinner, the problem may be resolved if you care to take half a mile of walk. Burning of fat and an improved body metabolism also leads to losing weight. For elders, walking after meals is strictly advised to maintain a healthy body. However, this should be practiced by individuals of all ages.
- Improves blood circulation
Walking 100 steps after dinner can work up the muscles and better blood circulation is facilitated throughout. It will only take a 15 minute stroll to lower the accumulated fat levels in your blood (comprising of harmful cholesterol and triglycerides). Walking will make your lungs demand more air and as a result the blood stream is supplied by more oxygen levels.
- Relieves stress and improves sleep
Doctors have always advised against going to bed immediately after dinner. If you cannot step out of your home, walking within your home is also good enough as it helps in relieving stress. For those who lead a sedentary life, walking for a while after dinner aids digestion which in turn helps you get better quality sleep.
Make walking after dinner a habit for a lifetime. You will certainly be able to experience positive results within a few weeks. Considered one of the easiest of all exercises; walking 100 steps after dinner can surprisingly bring a healthy turnaround in your life.