Forget the siesta after the big meal, especially if you’re concerned at all about heart disease. New research says going for a walk after eating can lower your level of triglycerides, a type of blood lipid.

The study suggests that the timing of exercise can be effective in managing triglyceride levels. High triglyceride levels can put people at risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack and other heart-related conditions, according to the study’s primary investigator, Wataru Aoi, Ph.D., of Kyoto Prefectural University in Kyoto, Japan.

The study, recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, sampled healthy participants who were not currently participating in an exercise program and found a low-intensity exercise combination of walking and light resistance exercises suppressed the elevation of triglycerides after eating a high-fat meal.

— Anne Aurand, The Bulletin