Eat oatmeal while on stationary bike?

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    Jan 15, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    OK, maybe this is silly, or even stupid, but here goes:

    I'm trying to hit the gym regularly, as well as eat right. I eat oatmeal (not the instant, the real thing) each morning. But I'm a real slow eater, takes 30 minutes (it's HOT temp-wise). I realized a short-cut - make the oatmeal, put it in a tupperware and take with me to the gym. Ride the stationary bike and listen to NPR or the local news while I ride the bike and eat my oatmeal. I usually burn 120-160 calories (according to the bike) in the 25-30 minutes I am doing it. Then, I hit the weights.

    My thought is that I am eating oatmeal (great for cholesterol), getting low-fat breakfast, some cardio, and staying informed, all at once.

    I had a friend question the wisdom of eating WHILE doing cardio ... which got me thinking. I'm new to Realjock ... figured I would give this a shot, and see what you guys have to say about it.

    Good or bad practice?
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    Jan 15, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    Can you eat while doing cardio? Of course. It's not bad for you, and endurance athletes do it all the time during a race. If your schedule requires you to eat your breakfast on the stationary bike then so be it.

    But if you're at a gym the people around you might not appreciate the odor; and be sure to clean up after yourself if you spill your meal. I wouldn't be surprised if the gym management asked you not to eat while on the bike for those reasons.
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    Jan 15, 2010 5:59 PM GMT
    Maybe it's just me, but I would find someone next to me eating while riding the bike kind of annoying. In my many years of going to gyms, I don't think I have ever seen someone eating while on a cardio machine...and I suppose there is a reason for that.

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    Jan 15, 2010 6:16 PM GMT
    Is it bad for you, no not really. I wouldn't recommend it but as long as your body can stay in a somewhat relaxed HR then go for it. I would just NOT recommend you getting your HR up while eating as that is a lot of strain. You want your body to be able to concentrate on eat and digesting rather than keeping up with the physical demands of biking.

    While, it isn't recommended, I think that this "relax" moment of light biking + eating + npr isn't bad at all.
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    Jan 15, 2010 6:48 PM GMT
    I've been working out regularly since high school. It would be pretty unusual for me to ever see anyone eating food while working out on machines or with free weights. The only time I would ever see that would be the occasional fat guy or girl - - - right after New Year's - - - munching cookies or donuts during their two week workout plan - - - say January 1 through January 15. These people are not serious about working out or improving their health.......and they're usually gone from the gym soon enough. icon_twisted.gif

    Seriously - - leave eating for quiet times at home. Surely there are some quiet times where you can grab a good healthy snack or meal.......saving you the trouble of carting food to the gym and trying not to spill it.
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    Jan 15, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
    I dunno. I couldn't do it. I'd probably cramp up. And I'm sure I'd get dagger stares from everyone around me. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 15, 2010 9:16 PM GMT
    Fuck everyone around you. Until there is a sign stating NO FOOD ON EQUIPMENT, they and shut the fuck up especially as they are swallowing their 3 gallons of sludge powder.
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    Jan 15, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    If you cam ride and eat, you aren't riding hard enough to get the benefit. Eat the breakfast at your desk at work...like god intended. ... icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 15, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    LOL ... well, the responses are mostly against, but for the visual ... I was concerned about any of the physical downsides. I don't get my heart-rate up above 110 when doing it (so cramping isn't a problem), and there are rarely more than 2-3 other people in the area. I'm low-key and not a sloppy eater (gotta love the comment advising me to wolf it down quickly - that's healthy!?) There are no posted signs against it, and I'm close enough to the front desk that management can see, so it isn't like I'm doing on the DL to avoid that. It's more akin to someone eating yogurt ... which I HAVE seen.

    Besides, everything I've learned over the years has advised food prior to a workout. I use this time to get some nutritious food, warm myself up a little, and burn a few calories.
    Thanks for the input!
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    Jan 16, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    break it down to the science of the the body and how it digests food...your body expends a considerable amount of energy processing food (takes carbs to produce energy) so your on the bike, body is trying to process the food and also supply you with energy, fighting a battle of body trying to produce energy and using it at the same time, eat earlier and have more energy for longer workout