The couch can wait. 

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After dinner, you may consider taking a bath, reading a book, or watching TV. Do you regularly consider taking a walk, though?

Well, there's good reason to add a brisk walk to your post-dinner routine — or after any meal, for that matter. So why after you eat and not before? As Erin Coates, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic Wellness explained to PopSugar, "...a small 2013 study showed that walking on a treadmill for just 15 minutes after a meal resulted in smaller blood sugar spikes in adults at risk of type 2 diabetes. Those blood sugar spikes can lead right to weight gain, so limiting them as much as possible is great news for anyone trying to shed pounds." Additionally, as the article references, another study published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases revealed that taking a stroll post-meal may help food move through your digestive tract.

Even better, perhaps, is the way doing something active like walking can boost your mood, especially if you're walking in nature, a boon for mental health.

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To make a walk more appealing, consider downloading a favorite podcast to listen to along the way, phoning a friend to catch up, or grabbing a loved one to join you.

So who's ready to trade post-dinner slippers for sneaks?