We are all aware of benefits of walking. It helps you to lose weight, improves cardiovascular health, blood circulation, bone density, balances cholesterol and much more. There are also debates about the time of walking; whether one should choose to walk in the morning, evening, or late at night. All timings are okay if we stick to basic guidelines of walking. Whichever time we choose, the important thing is that we should take time out for walking and staying fit.
Many researchers are on the job studying benefits of walks done at different times. While benefits of morning walks cannot be ignored or undermined, there are some distinct advantages and benefits of night walks too. Walking after dinner is a good way to improve digestion functioning. It is said that walking after dinner for 15-30 minutes helps one to say fit in many ways. As mentioned earlier it improves digestion, for those who do night walks are less prone to accumulating belly fat. By steering clear of belly fat one can avoid cardiovascular and a range of lifestyle diseases.
Night walk helps you to balance good cholesterol level. Good cholesterol levels can only be improved via exercise and not food, and hence night walk is the best way to do it.
Night walks are especially beneficial for people who have full course meals at night or like their dinner heavy, containing carbs, fats and all. People who walk at night also decrease their chances of fat deposition which may lead to many irreversible diseases if allowed to accumulate.
Night walk also improves your bone density and muscular strength; for people who complain of lower back pain night walk is highly recommended. It is also known to control depression and anxiety. Like morning walk, night walk also improves and boosts your blood circulation. It keeps lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, muscle fatigue, etc at bay.
This doesn’t mean you should stop your morning walk and shift to night walk. Morning walk has its own advantages. Pure air, vitamin D from rising sun, etc are some of the things you can’t get in your night walks. If possible you should do both. 15 minutes of night walk 20 minutes after dinner is a good enough. One important thing to remember about night walk is that it should not be done immediately after dinner. One should wait for at least 20 minutes after dinner and then walk. It is like any other exercise and should be taken seriously. Don’t be casual or stroll, or munch on way etc. Take night walk as seriously as you take your morning walk. Wear your walking shoes, walk briskly. Be regular.
Some people feel dizzy after night walk that is because they may be walking immediately post meal. Some people also feel that they can’t sleep after walk, which is a misconception. however if both problems continue to show, choose a different timing, seek professional help, see fitness consultant.