Treadmill Eating:
Do’s and Don’ts

Questions are often raised about treadmill eating. Eating the right kinds of food before exercising will give you more energy and will help to avoid stomach cramps or pain.

It depends partly on what you eat before and partly on your own personal comfort level.

Let’s start with what you eat before working out. You can certainly have a small snack an hour or even half an hour before walking. If you’ve just eaten a large meal, it’s best to wait two to three hours before working out to avoid stomach discomfort.

There are certain snacks that are better pre-workout foods. Choose foods that are high in carbohydrates, but low in fat and easy to digest. Carbohydrates give the body energy and by eating these types of foods, you will be able to maintain your energy throughout your workout.

Some recommended snacks are

  • crackers and cheese
  • oatmeal, or
  • yogurt
  • Some protein, such as two eggs, some turkey or lean chicken

For more snack ideas, read this article on recommended food before exercise.


The second important factor is your own personal comfort level. Some people have no problem having a snack and then hopping on the treadmill.

Others need to wait a full hour, though, to avoid stomach discomfort. I suggest you experiment with this and you’ll soon find what is most comfortable for you.

In summary, the do’s and don’ts of walking on a treadmill after eating are:

Do

* Eat a snack an hour before exercising.

* Eat a snack that is high in carbohydrates, but low in fat.

Don’t

* Workout if you’ve just eaten a large meal full of fiber or fat. Your stomach will pay for it! Wait two or three hours before getting on the treadmill.

Now that you know all about walking on a treadmill after eating, you’re ready to hop on the treadmill. Have a great walk!

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