Your mom probably warned you that swimming right after eating could cause muscle cramping or spasming, possibly leading to drowning, but this is one case where mom doesn’t know best. There’s no evidence to suggest that exercising after eating will give you cramps. Vigorous exercise directs blood flow away from the digestive area and to the muscles in your arms, legs and skin. If your food is still half-digested this might make you feel nauseated, but it’s unlikely to cause cramping. If you still want to follow mom’s advice, wait 20-30 minutes for the digestion process to stop.
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