Post-meal workouts cut heart disease risk
It might not be the first thing you want to do after a meal, but a Japanese study found that a brisk walk and some light resistance training after a high-fat meal could reduce the risk of heart disease.
When you eat food that is high in fat, the number of triglycerides, or fats, in your blood increases, sometimes to an unhealthy level. If you eat fatty foods all the time, your triglycerides can remain at an unhealthy level.
This study found that when people worked out within an hour of eating a high fat meal, the triglycerides in the blood did not spike quite as much as they normally would have. Exercising after a fatty meal may accelerate the rate at which the body uses fat, thus reducing triglyceride levels, the researchers said.
Regular exercise reduces triglyceride levels, but few studies had looked at the effect of exercise on triglyceride levels shortly after eating, according to the scientists doing the study.