Feeling dizzy after working out
Working out is important to keep your mind and body healthy. It releases happy hormones in your body that makes you feel happy, and you also become physically fit. Every person on earth must perform a form of exercise that keeps them fit and happy like cycling, or walking, jogging, dancing or practising yoga.
But sometimes doing exercise takes a toll on your body, and you may feel dizzy afterwards. Most of the time, you can experience dizziness due to strenuous workout, improper breathing or dehydration. Most people who feel dizzy due to these minor issues feel better immediately or after rest.
But there can be other reasons too, especially if you continue to feel dizzy throughout the day. It could be due to some medical condition. Here in this article, I am listing some reasons that can make you dizzy.
Here are the causes and precautions for the same that you can take.
Not breathing enough
During physical exercise, we tend to push ourselves a lot. As a result, our muscles use up a lot of oxygen which increases your heart rate and breathing for allowing more oxygenated blood to flow into the muscles.
If you are not properly breathing during or after a workout, your brain doesn’t get the oxygenated blood leading to dizziness.
For instant relief, sit on the floor and take deep breaths and exhale slowly, do this two to three times.
As a precaution, try to find a balance between holding your breath for core exercise. Also, don’t forget to breathe during the exercises.
There are some exercises that raise your heartbeat to the maximum. If you overdo them, you can feel dizzy. When we push our body to its extreme, it can retaliate and tell us that we need to take it slow. Here are symptoms of overexertion:
- Feel like fainting
- Shortness of breath
For instant relief, sit down and take deep breaths or drink water to cool your muscles and find relief.
As a precaution, don’t overdo cardio or any exercise that gives you shortness of breath. If you want to increase your duration, take it slow.
When you work-out, your body temperature increases and your body tries to cool it by making you sweat. It means that you lose a lot of water when you are exercising. If you lose a lot of water, and your body doesn’t have enough to supplement you, you will get dehydrated which can lead to dizziness.
Other symptoms include: dry mouth, fatigue, extreme thirst, and lightheadedness
For instant relief relax, and drink water.
As a precaution, drink a lot of water throughout the day. Make sure to carry a bottle to your gym, and drink it in between rotation if you feel extremely thirsty. Furthermore, make it a point to drink at least 2-3 bottles of water a day.
Working on motion machine continuously
Motion machines like a treadmill or an elliptical machine, both require continuous movement. It can strain your body, and overexert you. It can also lead you to feel dizzy after you get out of the machine.
If it’s only dizziness, it is due to motion sickness, if you feel lightheadedness and feels like you are still moving, it can be vertigo.
For instant relief, sit down and take deep breaths and drink water.
As a precaution, don’t work-out on machines like this continuously, take a break between two.
Your blood sugar levels might drop
During a work-out session, your body requires more energy than normal. It means that they will consume more sugar or glucose present in your bloodstream for sustaining the muscles and you.
When the glucose in the bloodstream is over, your body draws energy from liver. As a result, your brain doesn’t get enough glucose which drops your blood sugar levels. Other symptoms include:
- Shaking, and headache.
For instant relief, have a small snack like a banana or drink a glass of juice.
As a precaution, try eating protein and whole grains and fibrous food or snacks an hour before you hit the gym. Make a diet planner and take proper diet to avoid dizziness.
It is an abnormal heartbeat which can cause your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. Emotional stress or a heart condition amongst other things can cause this problem.
Exercise can worsen this condition or even trigger it, especially in people who have a heart condition.
Other symptoms of this condition are Fainting, change in heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath.
If you have any of these symptoms, make sure you go seek help from a professional healthcare provider.
Your blood pressure is low
After an intense workout, your blood pressure is low until after 30-60 minutes. After a strenuous workout session, your blood pressure can drop, if you fail to relax and breathe properly.
For instant relief, especially if you are dizzy or feel like fainting put your head between your head to feel better.
As a precaution, you can keep yourself hydrated and eat something before hitting the gym. But it is best to consult a doctor for the same.
Dizziness and pregnancy
If you are pregnant, and you feel dizzy, you should talk to a doctor immediately. Don’t perform any more exercise until your doctor says so. It can be due to one of the reasons listed above or due to an iron-deficiency.
Prevention is better than cure; here are some things to keep in mind.
- Take rest between workout sessions especially if you feel dizzy
- Keep your water levels up
- Eat a little protein before working out to keep your energy levels up
- Don’t put too much pressure on your body, and increase workout gradually
- Quit smoking
- See a doctor if the symptoms persist.
The above article is based on research, but it is no way can be compared to the opinion of a professional doctor. If you continue to feel dizzy, it is best to go see a healthcare provider. Furthermore, keep yourself hydrated, and if you are unable to perform some exercise, let your trainer know.