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The benefits of the age old ‘Shatapaauli’ (2-minute post-meal walk) Indian tradition

An age-old Indian custom is to complete a Shatapaauli after every meal. Shatapaauli literally means walking 100 (shata) steps (paauli). With so much of the world struggling with the twin “diabesity” epidemic, a combination of high blood sugars and larger waistlines, building healthy habits to counter its many ill effects is the need of the hour.

Walking after a meal is a simple habit that can be adopted with ease. It not only helps in weight loss and to ensure healthy sugar levels, but it also aids in overall good health and wellbeing.

These Shatapaauli benefits should have you scrambling to make it a daily post-meal habit:

  1. Aids in digestion: after a meal, our gastric enzymes are instantly released to aid in the digestion process. A 2-minute post-meal walk increases the gastric enzyme release time leading to improved digestion. This, in turn, prevents post meal issues like acidity, bloating, and indigestion caused by imbalanced meals.

  2. Induces sleep: falling asleep immediately after dinner is definitely not a good idea if you want to sleep well. Serotonin, a hormone which aids in improved sleep quality, is released when you walk after a meal. It also leads to improved blood circulation, reduces stress, and makes you feel refreshed.

  3. Boosts metabolism: with better blood circulation, improved digestion and sound sleep, your body is able to burn calories more efficiently which, in turn, boosts your overall metabolism.

So, go ahead and include a 2-minute walk after every major meal a part of your daily routine. If you don't enjoy walking alone, here are a few tips to make it more interesting.

  • Listen to your favorite music, podcast or an audiobook while you walk

  • Call a friend or family member whom you’ve been meaning to catch-up with for some time. Avoid serious issues; a light conversation that puts a smile on your face should be your intention

  • Recruit a walking partner to join you in your post-meal walks. They could be a co-worker, a friend in your building, a family member, or a pet!

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