An Indian expert has suggested that one should refrain from walking right after meals as it diverts the energy from the process of digestion.
In such a case, sitting is recommended and one should only relax, or not do anything that consumes a lot of energy which is otherwise needed to digest food, Yoga trainer Priyamvada Mangal stated.
Even when walking, it should be really slow, or a stroll, but not immediately after meals,” she said. Indulging in movement only slows digestion processes by diverting blood flow away from the digestive system hence leading to acid reflux or stomach upset.
On the other hand, a study from medicalnewstoday.com stated that a person should consider the length, intensity, and timing of their post-meal walk. As per the website, gentle walking after a meal has various health benefits but high-intensity exercise is not recommended.
The Center for Disease Control recommends 30 minutes of walking after post-meal. “Walking after a meal can help promote better sleep. Still, it is a good idea to talk to a doctor or a fitness expert before walking post meals,” said Dr. Jinendra Jain.