Like so many other things in life, the thing that you really want to do is the exact wrong thing to do to keep your body healthy. By the end of the day, when you’ve finished dinner and washed the dishes, all you want to do is collapse on the couch and watch a show or read a book, right? But new research says what you really should be doing is going for a walk.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be long – just 15 minutes. And the better news is that that 15 minute walk can effectively lower your blood sugar level for up to three hours and help prevent type 2 diabetes. The study, conducted by George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services measured blood sugar levels during 15-minute post-meal walks as well as 45-minute walks. Loretta DiPietro, the study’s lead author, said that the muscle contractions connected with short walks taken after a meal blunted the potentially damaging elevations in blood sugar that occur just after you eat.
While taking a walk after any meal is probably a good idea, taking one after the biggest meal of the day – usually dinner – is most effective in protecting against damage from exaggerated blood sugar levels that could lead to diabetes.
So even if what you really want to do is kick off your shoes and zone out for a while, your body will thank you in the long run for staying on your feet – for just a little bit longer.