ALTHOUGH fit guys are less likely to experience heartburn than their big-bellied brethren, exercise itself can sometimes trigger an indigestion attack. Before you say, I can’t believe lifted the whole thing, University of New Mexico exercise physiologist Robert Robergs, Ph.D. offers these tips for avoiding the acid burn:
- Don’t eat large amounts of fat and protein less than two hours before a workout. You need to eat right before exercising, make it light and carb-centric. Save the protein for afterward.
- Cut down on toads such as citrus, chocolate, onions, minis, spicy foods and caffeinated drinks.
- Dilute your sports drinks. High-carb beverages during a workout can increase your chance of heartburn.
- Drink plenty of water before and during exercise. Warning: In rare occasions, what seems like heartburn during an exercise session can actually indicate angina or a heart attack. If you suspect any possibility of this, get help immediately.