<Eating before exercise VS Eating after exercise>
Are you exercising hard every day? Some people exercise every morning before work, but most office workers will spend most of their time exercising in the evening. So which is more efficient: after dinner or before dinner? To conclude, I recommend exercising before meals. Let’s find out why.
Our body is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, which is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
What is the sympathetic nervous system?
Nerves that use energy (nerves activated during exercise)
What is the parasympathetic nervous system?
Nerves that store energy (nerves activated when eating food)
Exercising after a meal activates the sympathetic nervous system, increasing blood flow to the target muscles. This increases exercise efficiency and promotes muscle growth.
On the other hand, eating before exercise activates the parasympathetic nervous system and increases blood flow to the digestive system. This diverts blood flow to both sides, creating a conflict between digestion and exercise, and reducing digestive efficiency and exercise performance.
It usually takes about 3 hours for food to pass through the stomach and be digested, so exercising 3 to 4 hours after eating can help you reach optimal condition. This method helps prevent digestive issues and promotes muscle growth, making your workouts more efficient.
If you eat at 6 p.m., 4 hours later it will be 10 p.m., so it would be too late to exercise.