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Do You Often Chew Gum While You Are Exercising?

December 6th, 2009 · 5 Comments ·
 
 

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If you are a fan of Manchester United and have watched live match from television, I am sure you have noticed that the manager Sir Alex Ferguson always chews on gum.  I have not seen any Man U players do the same while they are playing on the field.  But, baseball players are often seen with chewing gum in their mouths.

At the gym, at free weight areas, I have not seen many people doing that.  Occasionally, few do that and it just so happens that I know one of them pretty well.  According to him, the reason he chew on gum because it keeps his mouth moist so that he does not have to stop to drink water.  Apart from that, he is able to grit the gum (instead of his teeth) when he struggles with some heavy sets.

Interesting.

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I have attended a fitness class which the instructor has the chewing gum in his mouth.  It can be quite annoying when I hear him “chomping” through the microphone.

I have also seen people chewing gum while they are running treadmill.  Look as if they breathe only through their nose.  If they have to breathe through their mouth while chewing, I can imagine the gum may be flying across the place.

Don’t get me wrong.  Nothing wrong with chewing gum while exercising. It is a personal preference.  But, if you chew gum because you believe that you could burn 12 calories for 1-hour of non-stop chewing or the gum will give you a magical power to do a heavy squat set, no, not really.

The only claim which I believe may be valid is about relieving heartburn with chewing gum while exercising.  Chew a stick of spearmint gum.  The oils in the spearmint act as an anti flatulent. Chewing stimulates the production of saliva, which may neutralize stomach acid.  But, this thing will only benefit people who have heartburn while exercising.

So, do you chew gum while you are working out, running, cycling or doing other exercises?

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5 responses so far ↓
  • Tomgreenwald // Dec 6, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Interesting facts. But chewing because you don’t want to go away to drink – come on, that’s nor right.

  • Thomas // Dec 8, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Yap, I’m a big fan a Manchester united and I like watching Sir Alex Ferguson chewing gum while the matches is going on. He looks pretty cool on his style and and nobody can beat that manly style. Moreover, I truly agree that chewing Gum burns the Calorie. About the drink I have no idea on that but chewing Gum can make you to go away from smoking.

  • Erik // Dec 12, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    I wouldn’t do it, most chewing gum is sweetened with aspartame. Short and long term use of aspartame has been closely linked with cancer, diabetes, neurological disorders, and birth defects.

  • Vetle // Apr 7, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Nicklas Bendtner is always chewing gum whilst playing soccer, highly irritating when he often seems to concentrate more on his gum than on his soccerskills

  • lara // May 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    I chew gum all the time – I only chew Trident gum though, since the rest of them have aspartame, high sugar, etc. Trident’s healthy for you since it’s flavored and sweetened with Xylotol which, according to doctors, helps prevent bacteria (cavities, etc) from entering your system :)

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