Why Older Adults Should Take a 15-Minute Walk After Dinner


© Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationAs age progresses, unfortunately, the body’s metabolism starts to slow down. Many people, as they get older, because they are aware that their metabolism is slowing down, will add some moderate exercise to their daily routine, such as a walk during lunch time or after dinner.

Well, it turns out that that after dinner walk has yet another benefit, especially for older adults. While it is of course important to eat foods that are healthy and nutritious while being mindful of their carbohydrates, adding a 15 minute walk to your after dinner routine can help to keep blood sugar levels desirably lower.

 In a small new study, researchers found that walking at an easy-to-moderate pace for just 15 minutes after eating a meal helps to lower blood sugar over a 24-hour time period — just as much as walking for 45 minutes.

“The muscle contractions connected with short walks were immediately effective in blunting the potentially damaging elevations in post-meal blood sugar commonly observed in older people,” study researcher Loretta DiPietro, Ph.D., MPH, chair of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Exercise Science, said in a statement.

If confirmed by other research, the findings show that this could be an effective strategy to lower diabetes risk among people who may be at risk for the condition, the researchers said.

“These findings are good news for people in their 70s and 80s who may feel more capable of engaging in intermittent physical activity on a daily basis, especially if the short walks can be combined with running errands or walking the dog,” DiPietro added in the statement.

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