Walking benefits your keto-diet
Walking benefits your metabolism and digestion
If you’re intrigued by the idea that less is more when it comes to exercise, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, this robust and science-based principle is foundational as you transition to a ketogenic lifestyle, and it’s undoubtedly a new habit that profoundly changed my life.
I assure you that going to long gym sessions and spending hours each week dragging yourself on long runs or activities that you don’t really enjoy, are not necessary to achieve metabolic flexibility. Reaching a state of ketosis and genuinely glowing from the inside out will. You can also walk your way to better health.
The simple truth is that by adding a walk-in after meals, you will boost your metabolism and help digestion in a significant way!
Walking is the perfect exercise in a ketogenic lifestyle.
Walking provides a better mood. The more steps you make a day, the better your spirit will become and the more energy you will get. This is because walking releases natural endorphins throughout the body that leave you feeling happier and more at ease.
Lowers your insulin
Probably the most exciting benefit as far as using it as another tool to reach the nutritional state of ketosis, post-prandial walking (after meals) has been shown to lower the glycemic impact of meals.
A short walk raises your heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart muscle, leaving you with a healthy glow.
Strengthens bones and muscles
Walking is the most basic and functional weight-bearing exercise of all, and these types of activities are essential for healthy bones and muscles. The density of individual bones like the hipbone can lower your risk of fractures, not to mention better muscle strength, balance and less chance of falling. When you wear excellent and firm balance shoes, you can even multiply most of these benefit factors.
Improves heart health
Intense regular walking can decrease your risk for stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, all significant risk factors for heart disease
Supports your sleep
Exercise has been shown to boost the effectiveness of the body’s sleep hormone, melatonin. Especially if you can take your walk first thing in the morning and outdoors, this naturally supports the body’s circadian rhythm and healthy sleep-wake patterns.
Improves your cognitive function
Walking just three times per week improves cognitive function; making it a powerful tool to prevent and delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Walking & keto diet
Low-level aerobic activity is one of the main pillars of exercise on a keto diet and lifestyle and walking fits in perfectly.
Walking is a low-moderate intensity exercise that does not explicitly require glucose as a fuel source and including walking as part of your routine can accelerate the body’s metabolic transition to becoming a fat burner. We know that lowering insulin and balancing blood sugar is a massive component of this transition, so including post- walks after your meal for around 15 minutes will genuinely make an enormous difference on your road to keto-adaptation
As tempting as it can be after a long day to lie down on the couch after dinner and call it a night, consider the vast benefits that walking provides, and imagine that those benefits are further escalated when you walk after eating.
For me, it has become a ritual to put on my Xsensible Stretchwalkers (these are really the most fantastic walking shoes you can ever imagine) after dinner and take my dogs for a walk and do my body incredible favour. During my walks, I try to enjoy everything I smell and see and celebrate life.