Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Biomedical Sciences

Program or Major

Biomedical Sciences: Med/Vet

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Michael S. Brian


Post-meal walking (PMW) performed after breakfast, lunch, and dinner has been demonstrated to reduce blood glucose. However, no studies have examined the potential additive benefits of post-meal walking exercise on daytime central blood pressure (BP) in young women. METHODS: Thirteen physically inactive, non-hypertensive women (Age: 20±1 years; percent body fat: 28.2±13%) completed the study during the early follicular or placebo phase of their contraceptive cycle. Participants completed a control day (CON; no exercise/excess physical activity) and PMW day (3 bouts x 15 minutes of brisk walking) over five days in random order. Daytime ambulatory BP and accelerometry data (to estimate METs) were measured and compared. RESULTS: PMW increased metabolic expenditure (PMW= 35.8±1.44 vs. CON= 33.7±0.94 METs, p0.05 for all). CONCLUSION: PMW does not lead to reductions in central BP in young, physically inactive women.