Big Meal, Big Deal: Go For a Swim at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool
Wondering what to do with the family after that big Thanksgiving dinner? Or any sized meal for that matter? Get off the couch and go for a swim at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Yes, it really is safe to swim after eating, even after a huge holiday feast.
While parents always mean well, sometimes the advice handed down for generations is less than reliable. Take for instance the recommendation to abstain from swimming for at least 30 minutes after eating anything more substantial than a sandwich, scientific research actually shows the only thing holding this commonly held belief afloat is hot air.
So what’s the basis for this stubborn myth?
- During digestion the body sends blood to aid in breaking down the stomach contents (i.e. the sandwich). TRUE.
- The body robs this blood from the extremities which are necessary for swimming. FALSE, the body does direct some extra blood to the stomach but not enough to impair swimming abilities.
- The misdirection of blood causes cramping that leads to drowning. FALSE, swimmers get cramps all the time, especially in their feet and calves, but eating has nothing to do with it. Gently flexing and relaxing the affected area will take care of the problem.
In fact, it’s not only possible to go swimming after indulging in a full meal; it’s actually healthy, whether it’s just a sandwich or a turkey dinner with all the trimmings that has been consumed. Swimming after eating is a gentle, healthy way to exercise and expend calories.
This Thanksgiving, and throughout the holiday eating season, burn a few extra calories with a post-meal swim at Glenwood Hot Springs. The Pool will be open on Thanksgiving Day, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.