Myth or not?:
“Wait an hour after you eat before swimming?”
Dr. Hillemeier says that while there is no evident danger in swimming after eating, it might be best to wait for comfort’s sake. After eating there is increased blood flow to the stomach, to facilitate digestion. But exercise causes increased blood flow to other muscles, so exercising immediately could reduce the relative blood flow to the stomach and possibly cause cramping.
See more here: “The Medical Minute…Debunking Old Wives’ Tales”, where physicians from Penn State Hershey Medical Center tackle the misinformation of some common beliefs.
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Danger or discomfort?