Joined a gym, but left feeling light headed

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    Mar 30, 2015 11:15 AM GMT
    I joined a gym last week (never having been before), but as much as I was enjoying what I was doing, I left because I came over very dizzy and light headed.

    Today I am going back in but worried about the same thing happening.

    Last time before I went, I ate pasta with tuna and lots of water.

    Today I have ate porridge with blueberries, and will have a banana just before, and lots of water.

    Advice?
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    Mar 30, 2015 11:32 AM GMT
    What kind of workout were you doing? Cardio, weights or a combination of both? Did you keep track of your hart rate? The best advice I can give you is talk to your doctor about this.
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    Mar 30, 2015 1:03 PM GMT
    Just got back in now from my second time there. It wasn't as bad as last time, but I do feel really weak.

    I'm home now and all I want to do is go to bed icon_sad.gif

    Both times, I have only been working my upper body using the equipment that works out;

    shoulders, arms, pecs etc.
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    Mar 30, 2015 2:58 PM GMT
    How much does your gym cost?
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    Mar 30, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidHow much does your gym cost?

    and
    what is "porrige"?
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    Mar 30, 2015 3:03 PM GMT
    Do you know how to check your blood pressure?
    A good gym should have someone that can do that for you...
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 30, 2015 4:13 PM GMT
    Try having something solid in your stomach but not heavy. I like a protein shake, and some toast with butter. That gives me an easily digestible dose of protein, carbs and fats, all of which your body needs to deal with the stress you're putting on your muscles but not so much that your body has to choose between that and digestion. But some of what you're experiencing may just be your body acclimating to the stress. When I first started pushing heavy weights, I'd get blurred vision for a couple of seconds. That went away after a bit. But even now, if I put in a hard workout, I occasionally feel a bit dizzy. When I do I glug down another protein shake and try to get a bite of something to eat. You may have to experiment to see what works best for you but don't let it scare you too much unless you find yourself in an unsafe situation like dizzy while bench pressing (always use a spotter while learning) or even just driving home after. Put some provisions in your gym bag but watch the nutrition of whatever you choose-- much of the stuff they sell as fitness supplements are high in some very bad stuff.
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    Mar 30, 2015 4:40 PM GMT
    It spells "porridge"

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  • wesv

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    Apr 01, 2015 6:04 AM GMT
    It's not uncommon to feel dizzy for the first time. It just means you're not used to working out. As you get into your routine it will less likely to occur. I always recommend people to take it very light the first time they workout. In that way they get the hang of it and can see where their strength levels are.

    Be sure to get enough carbs. Whole grains are the best. And drink plenty of water--not soda--water!

    If you have any questions, email any of us. We'd love to help icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 01, 2015 8:43 AM GMT
    Yah, after 1/2 weeks it shouldn't happen.

    This use to happen to me and I couldn't even finish my workout because of it.
  • Rene_Aensland

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    Apr 01, 2015 8:46 AM GMT
    MAAAAAAYBE continue with lighter workouts.
    Pace yourself.
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    Apr 01, 2015 9:18 AM GMT
    Tom8521 said
    Advice?

    See a physician. You should have done that before you began working out at a gym. Even young guys have health problems they don't know about.

    And if you've never really physically stressed yourself before, go slow. Do easy stuff. It may take 6 months to a year before you're doing the things you see other guys doing.

    Overdoing it can set you back. Pace yourself, as others guys here have told you.
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    Apr 01, 2015 4:58 PM GMT
    I get super light headed too, but only when I do legs. I never feel any pain when I'm working out my legs, though after the workout I'm left feeling sick to my stomach, to the point where I sometimes can't drive back home due to being so nauseous. This never happens when I work out upper body though. icon_confused.gif