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What are Thermal Walks?

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 by Bob Wright, M.A.T.








A Thermal Walk is leisurely to moderately paced walk (or any other aerobic type activity performed at a leisurely to moderate pace) taken shortly after finishing a meal.

 

You might have heard that you shouldn’t exercise after a meal, and we agree that it is not a good idea to eat a large meal and then exercise vigorously afterward. But taking a leisurely 15-20 minute walk after a meal is not only safe it is a good thing to do for a number of reasons. You may be wondering where the term thermal came from. When you eat, your body energy to digest the food that you have consumed, in other words, your metabolic rate increases. That process is called the Thermic Effect of Food. Walking also increases your metabolic rate, and if you walk after a meal it goes up even more. So a “Thermal” walk enhances the Thermic Effect of Food.

 

While increasing your metabolic rate is one advantage, it is certainly not the only one of walking after a meal. Here are a few other benefits:

 

Thermal Walks are Enjoyable:

By incorporating Thermal Walks into your daily routine, you are incorporating the perfect opportunity for your mind to relax and enjoy some fresh air. Remember thermals are not supposed to be vigorous, it is a leisurely paced walk so you can enjoy the scenery, listen to the birds enjoy others company etc. Even if poor weather leads you to use the indoor treadmill, you are still giving your mind a break from your day, increasing your heart rate and getting a small and enjoyable workout in. Make it a social experience by inviting co-workers, neighbors, and friends to join you on your thermal walks. Since it is done at a leisurely pace, it is a great time to walk with others even if there is a difference in fitness levels.After your walk, you will be relaxed and feel fresh and ready to get back to the day's responsibilities and tasks. 

 

Thermal Walks keep Blood Glucose under control:

Recent studies have found that leisurely walking after a meal reduces the increase of blood sugar that occurs after consuming a meal. Those that walked after meals had a 12% lower Glucose level than those who did not. Research encourages that post-meal walks or leisure activity should be done after every meal, but especially after meals high in carbohydrates, such as bread, potatoes, and rice. On average, our dinner meals tend to be higher in carbohydrates and research shows that individuals with diabetes who participated in post-meal walks had a 22% lower glucose level than those twho didn't. This simple lifestyle change could be monumental for individuals with diabetes or other health concerns. 

 

Thermal Walks encourage you to Walk:

Many people would not think to go for a walk right after they eat. However, once you get up and walk after a few meals, you will start to look forward to your thermal walks.For most people, the last thing on their mind is taking a walk after they finish eating, and it may not seem like much at the time, but the benefits of an extra walk or two a day will add up over time.Thermal Walks will add up over time. Thermal Walks and have been said to improve your mood. You may find that you start to get more excited about you Thermal Walk than you do your meal, which could lead to smaller portions and smart nutritional choices. 

 

While Thermal Walks should not be your only form of exercising during the week, they act as a simple and fun lifestyle change that could lead to big rewards. You truly can walk your way to a healthier life by incorporating small everyday changes, like Thermal Walks into your daily routine. To discover more about Thermal Walks and ways you can JumpStart your health and wellness, visit our website at hhhealth.com or give us a call: 800-292-2440

 


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