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Burn Calories By Walking

Walking immediately after eating is not advisable, especially after a large meal. Because, your cardiovascular system would be strained and the heart be deprived of its own essential blood supply. Exercise should therefore begin, after the meal has passed through the stomach and the small intestine.

Walking 60-90mins after a moderate meal, 45-60mins after a small meal aids digestion as it nudges food gently along the digestive tract. Walking allows oxygen to be evenly distributed to all the body’s internal organs.

There is a 4-fold advantage for dieters who walk before and after meals. Firstly, walking before eating reduces our appetite.

Secondly, walking any time burns calories directly. Thirdly, walking 45-90mins after a small to moderate sized meal burns 10%-15% more calories than walking on an empty stomach. Altogether actual digestion of food, combined with the gentle action of walking elevates the metabolic rate slightly and burns more calories per hour. Fourthly, even long after you complete your walking exercise-program you continue to burn calories.

Walking Exercise Benefits

Walking is a gentle exercise that offers a host of positive health benefits. As a low-impact workout walking helps you to burn calories and more importantly move into a position of higher fitness and health in a gradual manner. Walking is one of the body's most innate forms of exercise. Walking to stay thin does not require special equipment; in fact it is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of staying thin and fit for life. Here are some benefits of walking:

  1. Walking helps to burn calories and the calories burnt in turn help in cutting down the risk of a heart attack by bringing down low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol also known as the bad cholesterol. Walking further helps to enhance the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol which is essentially good cholesterol for the body. A frequent walking system can cut down the dangers of developing hypertension, which is also a risk to heart disease.
  2. Walking is also effective to manage hypertension and to reduce the condition if currently being experienced by the individual.
  3. Walking is also extremely helpful in cutting down the risk of type 2 diabetes. Frequent walking burn calories that are essentially important to improve the body's ability to process sugar in people who have difficulty in glucose tolerance.
  4. Regular walking reduces excess weight and helps to burn calories. People who walk more than 10,000 steps every day have lesser levels of body fat than those who are less active.
  5. Walking also helps to reduce mental stress and to boost the spirits. Engaging in a regular walk is a good for to reduce daily stress, and lessen the feelings of worry and anxiety.
  6. Walking also helps in making one stay healthy and active. As people become older, regular walking or physical fitness can help in preventing accidents and maintain one's independence.
  7. Walking is not a vigorous activity and when done for long periods of time greatly boosts confidence, stamina and general well being.
  8. Certain ailments such as osteoporosis and some types of cancers can also be prevented by walking on a daily basis. Importantly body fat stays low with regular walks which contribute to staying thin and fit for life. An optimum body mass index or BMI is essential as it helps to control or ward off a number of health or lifestyle based diseases.
  9. With reduced fat, the body has increased muscle tone and improved balance. Walking also promotes healthier bones and regular walking activity further enhances endurance and muscle strength. The lungs as well as the respiratory organs are strengthened thus preventing the incidence of colds and allergies.


Submitted on October 18, 2013