Do this ONE THING to improve digestion, sleep, energy, and relationships

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Ryan Day Coaching

No way. No shot there’s a single thing that improves all these.

Yes way.

And this isn’t the first time you’ve heard from me about it either.

Think back to the last time you had a meal where you ate a little too much.

You felt fuller than you wanted, you had a huge energy crash an hour later, or maybe you slept terribly because your body was still digesting all the food.

What’s the one thing that could have helped with all this?

Going for a walk.

I’m serious. There are a ton of reasons to walk, and you can read about them here. But here are four reasons why you should specifically walk after each meal.

Improved Digestion

Walking after a meal helps kickstart digestion by stimulating the movement of food through your digestive tract.

This gentle activity encourages the release of digestive enzymes and accelerates the breakdown of food, preventing that uncomfortable bloated feeling and reducing the risk of indigestion.

Plus, it can help alleviate symptoms of conditions like acid reflux and constipation by promoting regular bowel movements.

Enhanced Energy Levels

Ever notice how you feel sluggish and lethargic after a heavy meal? Walking can counteract this post-meal slump in a couple ways.

First, walking will naturally increase blood flow and oxygen delivery to your muscles and brain which helps revitalize your body and mind, leaving you feeling more alert, energized, and ready to tackle the rest of your day.

Second, eating causes our blood sugar to increase. Oftentimes our blood sugar increases too much too fast, and then it crashes which causes our energy to crash as well.

Walking after you eat can help regulate your blood sugar by shuttling it to your muscles for storage, which can help you avoid that post-meal crash.

Better Sleep Quality

Believe it or not, the simple act of taking a post-meal stroll can have a significant impact on your sleep quality.

Walking helps regulate your circadian rhythm, the internal clock that governs your sleep-wake cycle, by signaling to your body that it’s time to wind down and prepare for rest.

Additionally, light physical activity like walking can promote relaxation and reduce stress levels, making it easier to fall asleep and enjoy a more restful night’s sleep.

Stronger Relationships

Walking after a meal isn’t just good for your physical health – it can also strengthen your relationships.

Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll with your partner, catching up with friends on a post-dinner walk, or enjoying a solo walk with the dog, walking provides an opportunity to connect with others and foster meaningful social connections.

Plus, it’s a great way to decompress and de-stress after a hectic day, allowing you to be more present and engaged in your interactions with loved ones.

So, the next time you finish a meal, resist the temptation to plop down on the couch or head straight to bed. Instead, take a leisurely 10-minute walk around the block. Your digestion, energy levels, sleep, and relationships will thank you for it.

Happy strolling.

Ryan

PS: Make sure you don’t say “walk” around the dog unless you plan on bringing them too. Don’t want them getting their hopes up. 😁