One of the most common questions we get from first-time users of a weighted hula hoop is how long should they wait to hula hoop before eating?
This is a fantastic question! Wait too long to exercise and you will have little energy, struggling to reach your fitness goals. Exercise too soon and you will feel nauseous, gassy and may suffer from stomach cramps. In order to avoid either situation, it's important to find a balance.
A general rule to follow is to wait to hula hoop two to three hours after eating a large meal. If you have just chowed down on a snack then we advise waiting 45 - 60 minutes before some light hula hooping.
Giving your body the appropriate time it needs to properly digest food is extremely important to your overall fitness journey. Your stomach and its internal lining need time to empty their content and absorb nutrients into the bodies cells! Following the time sets above you can easily avoid issues such as heartburn, nausea, internal pain and reflux when you workout.
In saying that all bodies are unique and digest foods at different times. The times stated above are just a general rule of thumb to follow. Factors such as the quantity and type of food, as well as the intensity and length of the workout will influence how your body reacts. If you looking to tone your stomach then your diet is something you should be monitoring!
What to Eat Before a Workout
As we stated, every person's body is a little different, but a few general rules will always reply! Complex carbs and lean protein are fantastic pre-workout foods. The complex makeup of these foods means the breakdown of energy takes time, providing you with a steady stream of energy throughout the hula hoop workout! This is the opposite of foods that are high in sugar, giving you an instant energy spike before a dramatic decrease leaves you feeling tired and lethargic.
A great pre-workout snack includes food such as hard boil eggs, oatmeal, grain bread, nuts & berries! All contain complex carbs helping to give you that desired slow-releasing energy. If you need to eat some food closer to a workout it's best to go for foods such as bananas, smoothies and crackers. These are more simple forms of carbohydrates and will be easier for your body to break down before exercise.