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Common Question: How long should I wait to exercise after I eat?

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Common Question: How long should I wait to exercise after I eat?

❓How long should you wait to exercise after you eat?

✅The answer: It depends on what you ate, how much you ate, and how intensely you are going to work out!

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to eat a light meal or snack 1-2 hours before your workout so you have enough fuel to power you through.

BUT… exercising after a heavy meal can lead to:

  • Cramps

  • Bloating

  • Reflux

  • Upset stomach

  • Diarrhea

Lower-intensity activities like walking, golf, leisurely bike riding, etc., usually don’t trigger digestive problems – even if you do them a few minutes after eating.

BUT if you are going to go for a long run or ride, lift heavy weights, do an interval workout, etc., you will want to wait 1-3 hours or longer (depending on how much you ate).

TIP #1: The harder your workout, the less full your stomach should be.

TIP #2: The best pre-workout foods are easy to digest – like a shake or lower fiber and fat snacks (like Greek yogurt).



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