Should you nap or walk after a meal?
Should you take a quick nap after a meal or should you take a walk? Both activities have benefits, but one of them yields better results.
The typical after-dinner walk, so extolled in the Mediterranean culture, has been the subject of numerous scientific studies.
As mediterraneans explain, taking a walk has its benefits, especially if a population has not very healthy habits.
The most recent research, carried out by experts from George Washington University revealed that this walk can reduce blood sugar levels, which increase between 30 and 60 minutes after the meal.
According to the study, the walk should be 15 minutes, at a speed of about 4.8 kilometers per hour -almost the same to which we must walk to live longer-, that is, at a brisk pace.
Walking after each meal, according to the study, will be even more effective than a single 45-minute walk per day.
In addition to reducing blood glucose, walking at this speed could help us lose weight.
Up to 1.5 kilos in total, although we will have to walk for half an hour, concludes another study, carried out at the Yasuyo Hijikata Clinic in Osaka, also indicates that exercising as soon as you hit the last bite is much more beneficial than lying down on the sofa when finished eating.
Nap after the walking for no more than 30 minutes
This advice does not seem very compatible with the nap, whose benefits for health have also been proven.
So which one is better?
According to these studies, taking a nap right after eating would not be the best option. But do not worry because if you cannot do it because the walk will help us to get rid of the sleep that appears when we have full gut.
To achieve this, just 10 of the 15 minutes are necessary to stop feeling sleepy, says another investigation. And if we still return home with a desire to sleep, we can also take advantage of the siesta.
Of course, we should not spend more than 30 minutes sleeping if we want to take advantage of its benefits.
Returning to the after-dinner walk, German scientists discovered that at a speed of 4 km / h walking helps us improves digestion. It even accelerates it. It goes from lasting 123 minutes without a walk to 107 minutes with it.
Aerobic physical activity activates our body in a multitude of organs and systems, directly favoring intestinal motility.
This, in turn, helps us to better go to the bathroom. By walking we move the abdominal muscles and, indirectly, our viscera, as if we received a bowel massage by a physiotherapist.
Finally, it relieves reflux and acidity, according to a study that analyzed the pH of the esophagus after giving a breakfast of eggs with bacon and coffee to the participants, and asking them to walk for an hour after finishing the meal.
Now, the effects are not miraculous. They decrease after one hour and they do not seem to work in those people who usually do not have these discomforts.