Feeling dizzy/sick after lifting

  • Musicman91

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    Jul 31, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    The last few days I have been lifting pretty heavy and I have been feeling kind of dizzy/lightheaded afterwards in my head and stomach. I think it might be because I'm not eating enough before? Anyone ever experience this? Any idea on how to not be lightheaded afterwards?

    Thanks!
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    Years back when I started running I would get light headed during a run. What solved problem for me was a slice of white bread before run. Enough carbs in slice to give me the boost I needed and prevent the dizziness/light headedness without having a whole meal before run at 5AM.
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    Yup...Even a protein shake 2 hours before is good..
    Some times i'll do a bowl of fruit 2 hrs before.. i stress 2 hours because i start with at least 10 mins on the stair climber before i lift..
    Btw..I have HBP..so check if that's the case for you..!
    Happy lifting..
  • FireDoor211

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    Jul 31, 2012 2:21 AM GMT
    It sounds like over-exertion and dehydration. You also might not be breathing enough. Not breathing right/holding your breath while lifting will spike your blood pressure and cause dizziness. But the nausea is a symptom of over-exertion and dehydration. If you want to perform your best you have to also treat yourself the best.
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    Since you are lifting heavier, you might be unconsciously hold your breath/breath improperly.. which can cause dizziness and perhaps even a feeling of sickness at some point.
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    FireDoor211 saidIt sounds like over-exertion and dehydration. You also might not be breathing enough. Not breathing right/holding your breath while lifting will spike your blood pressure and cause dizziness. But the nausea is a symptom of over-exertion and dehydration. If you want to perform your best you have to also treat yourself the best.


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  • FireDoor211

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    Jul 31, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    Anocxu said
    FireDoor211 saidIt sounds like over-exertion and dehydration. You also might not be breathing enough. Not breathing right/holding your breath while lifting will spike your blood pressure and cause dizziness. But the nausea is a symptom of over-exertion and dehydration. If you want to perform your best you have to also treat yourself the best.


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  • d694485

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    Jul 31, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    I get light headed doing pendlay rows... part of the reason why I think my back isn't making much progress is that I can never make it through all the sets.
  • Musicman91

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    Jul 31, 2012 3:16 AM GMT
    Thanks guys I know what the problem is now. I tend to hold my breath at times. Gotta stop doing that! Thanks again!
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    Jul 31, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    Sounds like you're unintentionally doing the Valsalva maneuver, which causes a temporary shift in blood pressure. Less blood is able to return to your heart, so your brain (and everything else) temporarily gets less oxygen. Always be sure to make a controlled exhale on the exertion of an exercise and inhale on the return to resting point.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jul 31, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    Totally normal. I feel weak too after a good workout.
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    Jul 31, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    NormalGuy93 saidTotally normal. I feel weak too after a good workout.


    There's a diff between feeling weak and dizzy/lightheaded.
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    Jul 31, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    Musicman91 saidThanks guys I know what the problem is now. I tend to hold my breath at times. Gotta stop doing that! Thanks again!

    Slow down, Concentrate on breathing properly, exhaling when you push the weight, inhaling when you retract. You'll probably find that you will be stronger when you breath properly, also.
  • FRE0

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    Jul 31, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    ayer2009 saidYears back when I started running I would get light headed during a run. What solved problem for me was a slice of white bread before run. Enough carbs in slice to give me the boost I needed and prevent the dizziness/light headedness without having a whole meal before run at 5AM.


    When I was younger and ran considerably farther than I was conditioned for, I had the same experience. After becoming accustomed to running longer distances, I could do it on an empty stomach, i.e., before breakfast, without having that occur. Insufficient hydration can cause a similar problem.
  • Musicman91

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    Jul 31, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
    Today at the gym I was breathing properly and I didn't feel dizzy at all woohooo! Thanks again guys icon_biggrin.gif
  • waccamatt

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    Jul 31, 2012 11:19 PM GMT
    I usually feel better after a workout than before. Make sure you drink enough fluids before working out. I also don't like working out on an empty stomach or I don't have enough energy.