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What's Italian for After-Dinner Strolls for Health?

By Sandy Schroeder

When we think of Italy, sumptuous meals come to mind, but “passeggiata,” the Italian tradition of taking a stroll after meals, may be just as much fun, and even healthier.

How It Works

Italians do not slip on sneakers or spandex. They simply stand up after a meal, walk outside, and take a short stroll.  They do this many times a day after snacks and meals.

Women’s Health and Prevention called this ritual “genius.”  They may be right. After-lunch or post-dinner strolls could be the perfect way to enjoy sunlight and sunsets, connect with friends and family, and stay healthier and trimmer.

How to Start

After dinner this evening, instead of drifting toward the couch, go out for a 15-minute walk. Take the dog, your kids, or just your thoughts with you and enjoy a short stroll. After a few weeks of evening walks after dinner, add another walk mid-morning, one after lunch, and another in the afternoon.

Don’t consider these as replacements for workouts, just fold them into your day. You may be amazed at how much they lift your mood and help you connect with everyone around you. These strolls can be little active retreats, stress erasers, and social extensions of life.

The evening “passeggiata” after dinner may also help you reset your body as the light fades, helping you sleep better. You can build on that boost by limiting electronics, and instilling late evening quiet times in your household.

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

As you explore this new Italian ritual, you may want to extend the health rewards even further with a visit to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you, where wellness is always on the agenda. The Joint's doctors of chiropractic help everyone from teens to seniors find the best solutions for pain and health and wellness. They can help you regain your footing wherever you are.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may relieve any joint pain that you are having, and open the door to an overall sense of well-being. Patients frequently report better sleep, thinking more clearly, better digestion, less stress and more energy. Any of these benefits could mesh perfectly with your new after-meal strolls.

How The Joint Chiropractic clinic can work for you:

  • Walk-in visits welcome
  • No appointments needed
  • Weekend and evening hours available
  • Personal care plans require no insurance

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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