Obsession of Overeating Recovery: Get Perspective—Take a Walk

Updated on February 28, 2020
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I worked alongside top natural health professionals and experience as a fitness instructor educated me on health tips I am proud to share.

Stress During Celebrations

It is common to feel stressed and run-down during the holiday season or when special occasions arise like weddings, birthday parties, and social gatherings.

With various celebrations coming up, it is time to start thinking about regulating your lifestyle to keep your body in top shape throughout the festivities. There is so much stress during these times that your immune system will suffer. When that happens, the overall power of your body becomes weaker. You may even end up sick if you don't take the time to take care of yourself.

Overeating happens during celebrations. Don't fret. The best remedy is to be active, whether you walk by yourself, with a dog, family, or friends.

Walks Are Good for You and Pleasurable

Take a walk after stuffing yourself is the smart thing to do. During a holiday gathering with family and friends, it's easy to overindulge. A walk is one of my favorite pleasurable memories. I hold them dear to my heart.

I tend to eat more food during family and friend celebrations. My family takes a walk after each holiday dinner. Those walks satisfying as we appreciate all the colors of the season and simple conversations. They easily lift my guilty conscience of overindulging.

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Walking as Exercise

I have shared many ideas with clients on the importance of walking after gorging oneself. I encourage them to take a walk sometime between three to five hours after a huge holiday meal. I stress the importance that they walk for at least 30 minutes, but 45 minutes is best. My family did not once wait hours after stuffing ourselves. We hit a good pace once we had the dishes cleaned up, perhaps 30 minutes afterward. No matter how you look at it, taking a walk after indulging large meal benefits the body.

Jacob Morch
Jacob Morch

Three Miles Per Hour

You don't have to hike up a mountain or race walk to the nearest fitness club to rectify your overindulgence. Create a pace of three miles per hour and enjoy your walk.

Wear decent, comfortable walking shoes. Avoid any shoe with a heel. Cross-training or shoes designed for walking are best. At that three miles per hour, you can hold a decent conversation with your family and friends and avoid being out of breath and having to rest. The aerobic activity after overeating will begin to burn carbohydrates that would have otherwise remained around the body.

Sebastian Voortman
Sebastian Voortman

Walks bring me great pleasure because we enjoy all the colors of the season and simple conversations. Like a simple hike of getting outdoors can easily lift our guilty pleasure of overindulging.

Burn Calories While You Walk

I advised my clients to walk to burn calories and prevent the situation where more fat stores in the body from consuming too much food. If you work out regularly, you get the benefits of having more muscle when you walk after a huge meal and burning up the extra calories.

Even if you don’t work out regularly, you will burn calories when you walk after the meal. The calories you burn are not as sufficient as someone who works out routinely, but it is still helpful. The ideal situation is to exercise at least three times a week.

Group Walks

If you didn’t walk after you overindulged, don’t worry about it, because walking the next day on an empty stomach might do the trick. Set up a time to meet with your friends and family. Take a nice walk in a park, by the river, or around a lake.

The idea is to be active, whether you walk by yourself, with a dog, family, or friends. Get the exercise and start a routine. Three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time or 45 minutes is even better. Walk at a speed of three miles per hour. Think of it as a way to start a whole new life while encouraging your friends or family to live a healthier life.

"I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches. I love being part of nature. I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone to recharge one's batteries."

— Grace Kelly

Feeling Stressed and Run Down? Take a Walk!

When you have a celebration or stressed with activities like shopping, parties, school plays, visiting relatives, overeating and drinking, and extra demands, you need to take care of yourself. It is common to feel stressed and rundown during celebrations and holidays.

Of course, you are having a good time, but during these activities where everyone is celebrating, you need to take precautions to avoid getting sick. Your immune system can get weaker, and your body can get run down, and you may end up getting sick if you don't take the time to care for yourself.

Taking a walk is a great stress reliever according to a study conducted on six students, "Participants expressed how and why walking was meaningful to them; the four main themes were social connectedness, wellbeing, connection to nature, and achievement from a challenge."

Kaboompics // Karolina
Kaboompics // Karolina

Celebrate Wisely

If you start to feel ill and run down, take it easy and rest.

Use the remedies you have to keep your illness in check. Take action with those remedies, whether it is visiting the chiropractor or taking a dose of oregano oil, garlic capsules, and homeopathic or naturopathic treatments.

Keep in mind that you don't want to end up with a cold or flu during any celebration like the holidays. So, listen to your body and take precautions. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy yourself wisely - it's such a festive time, and enjoy yourself.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Kenna McHugh


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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      12 months ago from Northern California

      Walking and talking is cherished in our family. I wish we did it more often.

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      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      Dale, Thank you. Walking is so therapeutic for the body and soul. When I am traveling or family is visiting, I make sure to take a couple of walks a day. I hope your walks are pleasurable and in a natural setting.

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      Dale Anderson 

      2 years ago from The High Seas

      Good hub article. I am a regular walker and make the time to walk several times a day. 6:30 AM, walk 2 miles. 7:15 PM walk another 2 miles. Middle of the day, try to squeeze in another mile, especially if I just ate a big meal.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      RTalloni, I agree. Some of my best walks were during the holidays with my family. They are so relaxing and communal.

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      2 years ago

      Good stuff year round, though especially needed during holidays. That walking after eating is and extra helpful boost to one's exercise program is a great point.

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      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      We live in an older neighborhood. On our walks, we see remodels, which make us happy to see a nice change. Not that our neighborhood is dilapidated. It just nice to see a promising future.

      Sometimes, when our discussions are heated, we have to leave them at the dinner table for fear the walk will not be relaxing or stress-free.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      One memory is getting to check out the new construction in areas where we were walking. One couple's home was in an area of older homes where they were being razed and new ones built. It was interesting to see how the neighborhood was changing.

      Other times it was just a way to extend what we had been discussing over dinner. Topics varied widely as you might imagine.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      That sounds wonderful, Peggy. Walking with friends is a great way to become even better friends. Any fond memories?

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We used to get together with a group of friends who gathered for the holidays. Often we would all go for a walk after meals. That is a nice habit.

    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      Do any of you take walks to help with stress during the holidays?


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