Yawning Through the Middle of My Workout.

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    Apr 19, 2009 6:52 AM GMT
    Nearly every time I work out (mainly lifting), by about half way through the workout, I start to yawn. Maybe about 4-5 times by the time I'm done working out. I'm not tired or anything, so I'm not sure where it's coming from?

    Anyone have this experience? Anyone know why?
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    Apr 19, 2009 10:11 AM GMT
    Do you hold your breath during lifting? Yawning can be a way the body increases oxygen in the blood.

    Yawning can also be contagious. Psychologists have found that people will start yawning if other individuals in the room are yawning.

    The important thing is to rule out obvious causes: sleep deprivation, general fatigue (prior to exercising), some antidepressants (SSRI group) can all cause excessive yawning.

    Excessive non stop yawning during exercise may indicate a problem with heart rate and blood pressure (vasovagal problem). Someone with this problem would need to see a physician
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    Apr 19, 2009 11:55 AM GMT
    Yawning is the mammalian way of bringing more oxygen to the brain
    When you yawn ... you inhale involuntarily more air so more oxygen
    You are running an oxygen deficit when you are at the mid workout area
    It doesn't sound like it's significant but you could either slow your reps or give yourself more time between sets
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    Apr 19, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
    Haha, I yawn as well sometimes during my workouts. It makes me feel so weird because I'm all pumped up and energized, and then BAM! A yawn! I'm like WTF? But the others are right, it is a way to intake more oxygen, so maybe that's it.
  • alwaysonpoint

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    Apr 19, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    It happened to me Friday night. Everyone in the gym kept asking if I was tired of if I needed more sleep. But I was fully energized...maybe I wasn't taking enough time to rest between sets, so I'll keep that in mind...thanks!
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    Apr 19, 2009 2:03 PM GMT
    torontoguy2222 said it is a way to intake more oxygen, so maybe that's it.

    I do it too. I'm glad to learn that it's about increasing oxygen intake. I'll have a comeback ready the next time somebody at the gym says "Are we keeping you awake?"
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    Apr 19, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    I read in the news a bit ago that researchers discovered a new theory behind yawing. It is a way to cool off your brain when it starts to become overheated. That is why if you breathe through your nose you'll stop yawning.

    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/12/15/yawn-brain-head.html
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    Apr 19, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    kneedraggen saidDo you hold your breath during lifting? Yawning can be a way the body increases oxygen in the blood.

    Yawning can also be contagious. Psychologists have found that people will start yawning if other individuals in the room are yawning.

    The important thing is to rule out obvious causes: sleep deprivation, general fatigue (prior to exercising), some antidepressants (SSRI group) can all cause excessive yawning.

    Excessive non stop yawning during exercise may indicate a problem with heart rate and blood pressure (vasovagal problem). Someone with this problem would need to see a physician


    Yeah, I'm good about using proper breathing while exercising. I'm not one of those guys who holds their breath and "bares down", or anything.

    I guess it's just the greater demand for oxygen is causing it.
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    Apr 19, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    torontoguy2222 saidHaha, I yawn as well sometimes during my workouts. It makes me feel so weird because I'm all pumped up and energized, and then BAM! A yawn! I'm like WTF? But the others are right, it is a way to intake more oxygen, so maybe that's it.


    Yeah, I'm also "all pumped up and energized", which is why I thought it was strange.

    Oh well, glad I'm not the only one, at least. icon_confused.gif

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    Apr 19, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    I've the same thing happen to me.. oddly it happens most during a seated machine row... I try not to worry about it, but do try to focus through it if I'm in the middle of a set..
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    Apr 19, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    ...Well, I do live in the "Mile High City", so the thinner air probably has something to do with it. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 19, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidI've the same thing happen to me.. oddly it happens most during a seated machine row... I try not to worry about it, but do try to focus through it if I'm in the middle of a set..


    That's odd, when I'm seated as well. Everytime I am on the pec-deck, I yawn after the 2nd or 3rd set.

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