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Why do you have to wait an hour before swimming?

Asked by: Tsetska Grotlueschen

asked in category: General Last Updated: 9th April, 2020

Why do you have to wait an hour before swimming?

The old saying that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you swim is based on the idea that after a big meal, blood will be diverted away from your arms and legs, towards your stomach’s digestive tract. And if your limbs don’t get enough blood flow to function, youre at risk of drowning.

Then, is it OK to eat before swimming?

Everyone has different levels of comfort regarding eating around swimming, so it is important to trial what works for you. In general, allow 2-4 hours before your swim, following a larger meal to allow for digestion, and 30 minutes – two hours for a smaller snack.

Furthermore, can eating before swimming cause cramps? The idea, apparently, is that eating right before swimming can trigger a stitch or muscle cramp — and in the worst-case scenario, these cramps can cause someone to drown. Some scientists believed reduced blood flow to muscles is also involved, though that’s disputed.

Beside above, is swimming after eating dangerous?

Swimming right after you’ve had something to eat isn’t dangerous at all. The concern was that because digestion diverts some of your blood flow from your muscles to your stomach, swimming might somehow inhibit that necessary blood flow to the stomach, causing cramps so severe that you could drown.

Is it best to swim on an empty stomach?

For maximum weight loss, swimming on an empty stomach is ideal. Not only will a swim in the morning before breakfast burn more fat, but it will raise your body’s metabolism for the rest of the day – so you burn more calories, faster, throughout the day (even while sitting at your desk).

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