advice parents have been giving their children for
I was growing up, I remember my mother telling me, you know,
not to go in the pool until it was 30 to 60 minutes after I
had my last meal," says Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo
Clinic emergency medicine physician.
the motherly advice had serious origins but may not be as
helpful as once thought.
says he remembers the anticipation all kids experience waiting
for those 30 to 60 minutes to pass before he could jump back
in the water.
old feeling was that, after you eat, some of the blood may be
diverted to your gut so that you can digest, diverting the
bloodstream away from your arms and legs," he says.
"And you may get tired or fatigued, and be more likely to
this recommendation to wait based on fact or fiction?
know now that really there is no scientific basis for that
recommendation," Boniface says. "You may end up with
some stomach cramping or a muscle cramp, but this is not a
dangerous activity to routinely enjoy."
while it may not be the most comfortable thing to go for a
swim with a full belly, the world won't end if you ignore your
mom's advice — just this once — and don't wait 30 to 60
minutes after you eat to get back in the water.