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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How long should I wait to workout after eating?

    If I have just had a meal how long should I wait before going for a run?
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  • Gaby Wolf

    Exercise Physiologist

    As an Exercise Physiologist, I specialise in improving the balance, mobility and quality of life of older adults through specific falls prevention exercises. I am … View Profile

    Wait until you dont feel heavy or bloated from the meal, but ideally you should not eat a large meal before exercising. You will perform better on a stomach that isn't full.

  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Ideally you should wait between 2-4 hours after a meal to exercise however, this all depends on the individual. Some people are able to digest food quickly and others can't. If you are strapped for time, try a liquid meal such as Sustagen or an Up & Go. Liquid meal supplements have a quicker gastric emptying rate and are absorbed quickly.

    If you would like to know more about food and exercise get in contact with your local Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) or Accredited Sports Dietitian. To find an APD head to www.daa.asn.au or for a sports dietitian head to www.sportsdietitians.com.au

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