Anxiety after working out?

  • jeepdave75

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    Jun 19, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    So I just started at the gym 2 weeks ago... changed my diet for the healthier. Started with a week of cardio to get warmed up and get the heart fires burning, started lifting on monday... things have been coming along fine. Ive been waking up earlier (without the aid of an alarm clock), feeling better, more energy, noticably looking better... all good. Im very happy with how things are proceeding.... EXCEPT...

    Since I added lifting into the morning regimen, ive been feeling increasingly anxious after my workout.

    This morning I felt almost sick to my stomach (which settled a bit after i got showered and had a bowl of cereal,) but since I got home I've found it hard to sit still and I still feel... anxious is the only way I can describe it, 3 hours later.

    Is this normal? Will this pass? Am I doing something wrong? Help? icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 19, 2008 11:42 PM GMT

    It sounds like you are just more energetic. I would never call it anxious, you're just totally juiced, which is a good thing. I feel something similiar to this all the time: it keeps me moving, lifting, and busy. What you're feeling is the beginning of why a fitness lifestyle works: no sitting still. Go with it.
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    Jun 20, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    No, you're not doing anything wrong. We all find that moment during the day we get this boost of energy or the sensation that you should be doing something, anything, because sitting still isn't cutting it at the moment.

    And since you're expending more energy, you're going to need more energy, i.e., food stuffs. You'll need to modify your dietary needs according to what you want to do, either decrease your body fat percentage or increase your lean body mass index.
  • josephmovie

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    Jun 20, 2008 12:29 AM GMT
    I get the same thing happening to me if I do a really streneous workout - like the one I I did yesterday. I was feeling like a bee in a jar for the rest of the day, to the point where it was actually stressing me out a bit.

    You might like to try a brief meditation when you get home. Here's one to try if you've never done it before.

    It might seem all hippy dippy at first, and the voice is a bit much but I find it really does help to regulate that excess energy feeling and only takes 10 minutes. I'd be curous to know if it works for you so do a post if you decide to give it a go.
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    Jun 20, 2008 1:12 AM GMT

    Oh snap, I forgot to ask: do you attempt to cool-down before leaving the gym. This helps a bundle. My favorite cool down is a very slow walk around the track with the I-pod turned up. If your gym has them, I'd also suggest a soak in the hot-tub or some time in the steam room. If not, go home, draw a bath, toss in some Epson Salt and simmer down , son.
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    Jun 20, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    I've heard this called a healing crisis. Its where you suddenly change all your bad habits and your body kinda throws a fit .....Lots of toxins are being thrown off etc. This has been traditionally been treated with sweats after working out. Sauna is best steam room next best.. More extreme are colonics for internal cleansing and lymphatic massage to open up and drain the body's sewer system.