Go Take a Walk after You Eat to Manage Blood Sugar

Smiling senior friends wearing knitted sweaters and cardigans walking along park alley and chatting animatedly with each other, picturesque view on backgroundGlucose – or sugar – is your body’s preferred source of energy. When you move, your body uses up the glucose in your blood as fuel.

It’s why going for a walk after a meal makes a lot of sense if you’re looking to keep blood sugar under control and avoid the spikes that can arise after eating. Too many of these glucose “excursions” can boost the risk for high blood sugar and type-2 diabetes.


Your muscles suck up the sugar in your blood to fuel your movement. Every time they contract, they’re tapping into that energy.

Research from 2009 suggested that taking a 20-minute walk at a light pace could regulate blood sugar metabolism and reduce the risk for type-2 diabetes. Now new work is showing that significantly less movement can be effective.

A study recently published in Sports Medicine found that as little as two to five minutes, or even standing, right after eating could smooth post-meal blood spikes and lower the risk for type-2 diabetes.

Light exercise can help reduce the development of insulin resistance and subsequently type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Everybody can benefit by reducing the post-meal glucose spike, whether you have diabetes or not. Limiting the post-meal glucose spike can lead to fewer cravings later, less hunger between meals, lower inflammation, and other benefits.

So after you eat, do yourself a favor and go for a walk. If you have time for a light 20-minute stroll around the neighborhood, that’s great. If not, walk around your home for a couple of minutes, or even just stand and wash some dishes – all of that can offer some benefit.

Aiming for 150 minutes of activity per week can help even more, but timing your exercise after meals can help if you can’t commit to more.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.