Feeling Dizzy At The Gym

Good morning lovely people,

It’s Thursday morning here in Sydney, Australia & I am at my work desk, just had a lovely bowl of muesli w/ banana & blueberries, it was delicious.

I wanted to share something that I experienced last night at the gym. I went to the gym to do legs & abs. My routine looked like such below:

Cardio:

  • 3km run on treadmill

Legs:

  • 20kg deadlifts – 10 reps, 3 sets.
  • 20kg squats – 10 reps, 3 sets.
  • 8kg squat pulses – 10 reps, 3 sets.
  • 25kg leg press – 10 reps, 3 sets.
  • 25kg calf raises – 10 reps, 3 sets.

Abs:

  • 8kg jackknife situps – 10 reps, 3 sets
  • leg raises (lifting bottom) – 10 reps, 3 sets
  • captain chair – 10 reps, 3 sets
  • 8kg torso twists – 10 reps, 3 sets
  • plank twists – 10 reps, 3 sets

Stretch:

  • Completed a full body stretch, I never stretch which is probably half my problem why I am so tensed up.

 

Now, when I was at the gym last night, I got dizzy during some leg exercises & I started getting anxious thinking the worst about my health (as always), I’ve gathered some research on why we get dizzy at the gym, this is what I found:

Low Blood Sugar

Many people tend to eat less prior to a workout to prevent the discomfort of a full stomach. This especially applies to people who work out in the morning and assume the dinner from the night before will supply enough energy to exercise. The meal you ate eight to 12 hours before a workout will not provide adequate energy. You should eat a small snack high in carbohydrates within an hour before a workout. Bananas, whole grains, energy bars, milk and juice are excellent options to raise your blood sugar and avoid feeling lightheaded. Low blood sugar is a major cause for dizziness and fainting, so it is vital to fuel your body properly prior to exercising.

 

Dehydration

Sweating and activity cause your body to lose water, and if you are losing more than you put in, you will become dehydrated. Drinking a bottle of water at the gym may not be enough if you are already dehydrated prior to beginning your workout. If you feel thirsty at any point during the day, you should drink water or other clear liquids to keep your hydration up. Staying hydrated throughout the day could alleviate lightheadedness during exercise. Dehydration can also cause low blood pressure in some people, leading to severe lightheadedness and fainting.

Overexertion

When you feel lightheaded during a workout, it may be your body’s way of saying “slow down.” The reason for exhaustion may be due to the workout being too intense, stress, underlying illness or simply a lack of energy. Clinical Exercise Physiologist Chris Dunn also points out that overheating in combination with overexertion can cause dizziness while exercising and should not be ignored. Overexertion may also cause muscle weakness, headaches, cramps and heart palpitations. If you suspect you have pushed yourself too hard, slow your pace and drink water. You may also want to sit down and elevate your feet to improve circulation, which will help alleviate the lightheaded feeling.

Breathing Pattern

Proper breathing during exercises where you exert yourself – such as lifting, pushing, or pulling – is much easier to remember and control than the 3:2 ratio during running long distance. To put it simply: always exhale on exertion. For example, when you are pushing a bench press off your chest, you exhale on the push and inhale as you bring it slowly to your chest. When you are doing a pullup, you exhale on the pulling up motion and inhale on the way down. Breathing during exertion is important in preventing internal injury such as hernia, blood vessel strain, and high blood pressure.

 

I feel that this information has now helped me with knowledge behind why I feel this way & ways I can avoid to feel this way. I am never drinking water throughout the day so I def know I need to start working on that A LOT.

MY LEGS ARE BURNING TODAY, might I add. It hurt to walk down the stairs at the train station this morning.

I hope this post has helped you 🙂

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

 

 

36 thoughts on “Feeling Dizzy At The Gym

  1. Hey Guys, feeling dizzy in the gym during leg exercises doesn’t have to make you worry. It’s very common and has an easy answer ! Just think about how big the muscles are in your legs. Now if you start working out your body transports the blood into the quadriceps and co. As a result your brain is missing the oxygen which gets there through the blood circulation. But the blood is now mainly working in your legs. Hope I could help you and if you want check out my blog 🙂 I am also writing about health and fitness stuff

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  2. Dizziness is just the worse and I used to get it a lot too when I worked out. Its great that you’re analysing why this is happening in a rational way. Proud of you!
    Hayley 💕😊

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    1. Thanks girly – I have to analyse these things, other wise I will drive myself crazy thinking I have cancer or something (my brain likes to play games).

      I’ve learnt that I need to know the answer of why I feel a certain way otherwise I think some crazy things.

      how did you stop your dizziness?

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      1. I get it. 😊
        I still get dizzy now if I train really hard. I do try to have a banana around 30 mins before I exercise and after the workout I will take time to warm down, stretch and recover. At least you know its normal though. 😀👍

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      2. Yes sweetie, its perfectly normal & tends to mean you’re working hard, which is what you want to do when at the gym, right?
        Try the banana, I think it might help. Let me know how you get on. Hayley 😊💕

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  3. I’m sorry you were feeling dizzy, that’s no fun. Thank you so much for sharing this post. It truly is so important to stay hydrated especially after exerting yourself at the gym. It may sound silly but something I really need to work on is my breathing. I always notice myself holding my breath while working out and it always results in me feeling lightheaded. Reading your post is a great reminder for things I need to work on!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words ❤

      It isn't fun at all when your not in control physically of your own body.

      Yes, water is something I really need to work on so much. I don't drink during the day than when I workout at night I expect my body to work to its full potential.

      YESSSSSS I always hold my breath. ALL. THE. TIME! Without fail.

      I pray things work out for you ❤
      let me know how you go after breathing more in the gym 🙂

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      1. Agreed! It’s so crazy how much a difference upping your water intake can make. When you’re hydrated everything is better – skin, energy levels, appetite, etc.. although it seems like a mindless task, sometimes it’s just hard to properly hydrate your body especially when you have so many other things going on!

        Thanks for your post and lovely comment♥️ ♥️

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    1. I am focusing on drinking heaps of water today at my work desk – I need to focus on this much more than I do.
      What do you do for glute exercises, I don’t think I do glutes enough.
      from seeing my workout from last night, do you think they are good exercises?
      I need to soak in Epsom Salts.

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      1. Yes, the workout you did is intense. I do squats for glutes along with a position on all fours lifting one leg straight up. YouTube butt exercises. The options are endless. The exercises helps to keep these rear ends perky. 😜

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