Nap or walk, what's the best after eating?

Do or not do desktop, that's the point. Rather, make her seated or giving a garb. It's not a trivial affair. The typical after-lunch walk, so exalted in the Mediterranean culture, has been the subject of numerous scientific studies. And, as they ventured the oldest of the place and the British newspaper the Times trying to explain why the Spaniards live so much if we drink and smoke, it has its benefits.

The latest research, conducted by experts at George Washington University (USA), has revealed that this hike can reduce blood sugar levels, which increase between 30 and 60 minutes after food. To be effective, according to the study, the ride should be 15 minutes, at a speed of about 4.8 miles per hour — almost the same one that 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 performing a single walk of 45 minutes a 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, conducted at the clinic Yasuyo Hijikata in Osaka (Japan), which also indicates that exercising just past the last bite is much more beneficial than lying on the Couch at the end of the meal.

The NAP, after the walk and no more than 30 minutes

This advice does not seem very compatible with the NAP, whose benefits for health have also been tested. Which wins? According to these studies taking a nap right after lunch would not be the best option. But we don't regret it too soon for not being able to do it: The walk will help us to get rid of the dream that comes when we have a full gut. To achieve this, only 10 of the 15 minutes of the ride that we must give is necessary, notes another investigation. And if we still go home looking forward to sleep, we can also take advantage of the NAP. Yes, we should not spend 30 minutes if we want to take advantage of their benefits.

Returning to the after-lunch walk, German scientists have discovered that at a rate of 4 km/h it improves digestion. Even, accelerates it: it goes from lasting 123 minutes without walking to 107 minutes with it. "Aerobic physical activity activates our body in a multitude of organs and systems, directly favouring intestinal motility," explains Rubén Bravo, nutrition expert and spokesperson for the European Medical Institute of Obesity (IMEO). And this, in turn, helps us to go better to the bathroom: when walking "Wemove the abdominal muscles and indirectly, our viscera, as if received an intestinal massage by a physiotherapist," continues Bravo.

Finally, it relieves reflux and acidity, as concluded a work that analyzed the PH of the esophagus after giving a breakfast of eggs with bacon and coffee to the participants, and ask them to walk for an hour at the end of eating. But the effects are not miraculous either: they decrease after an hour. And they don't seem to work in those people who don't usually have this inconvenience.