I notice I get lightheaded after my workouts. Any idea why?

  • I've been eating 1300-1600 calories and I usually do a 30-40 min combo of cardio and strength. I've been keeping hydrated as well because I thought that might be the problem.

    musix220   by: musix220
  • 6 votes
    codemonkey2841  over 2 years ago by: codemonkey2841

    It's possible that you're getting light-headed because of a lack of energy. You could try eating something immediately after you workout to see if that helps.

    There could also be something medical wrong.

    • musix220
      musix220 over 2 years ago

      I know there's nothing medically wrong. I do notice that it improves when I eat right after or as jorn suggested, I have a chocolate milk/chocolate protein shake.

  • 6 votes
    jorn  over 2 years ago by: jorn

    Remember that your body is craving replenishment after a workout, so that's the best time to grab a protein shake. Also great? Chocolate milk; seriously. It's full of a superb and easy-to-disgest balance of sugars, fats and protein. Grab a glass within 60 minutes of your workout.

    Your mileage may vary, but it works for me. :)

  • 3 votes
    splashangel  over 2 years ago by: splashangel

    No breath holding going on during workouts is there? If nausea is involved you could be really just having a hard workout. Are you cooling down? Maybe you could try cooling down longer then the video does. Worth a shot huh?

    • musix220
      musix220 over 2 years ago

      Not holding my breath. No nausea. I've extended my cool downs as well. Thanks for the tip.

  • 3 votes
    ashleystone  over 2 years ago by: ashleystone

    I have naturally low blood pressure, even when I was pregnant and when I was 60lbs over weight it didn't ever come up to even normal - the doctors always said it was a "blessing". But when I worked/work out it can cause trouble with being light headed, sitting on the floor and standing up quickly can agrivate it too. The best tip I got was to have my pre-workout snack have a little extra sodium and that helps some. Next time you get your BP checked have a look and see what it says.

    Good luck it's never fun to feel light headed!

    • gbsngrl
      gbsngrl over 1 year ago

      I have the same issue...sometimes during yoga and other exercises that involve a lot of quick down-up motions with the upper body I get very light-headed. Water and extra snacks have helped, but its definitely not pleasant!

  • 3 votes
    arnthorla  over 2 years ago by: arnthorla

    I'm pretty sure its your blood sugar getting low. I would not think there is anything medically wrong with you. You are simply eating up the circling blood sugar in your bloodstream because it is fueling your workout.

    This sensation has a few nicknames "bonking" in cycling, and "hitting the wall" in running. As you become a more efficient fat burning machine (use oxygen better) this will become a less of a problem for you, as you will spare the high octane fuel (the blood sugar) and use the high economy "go-for-ever-fuel (the fat). There is actually a sort of fussy threshold of intensity for each of us, when our body starts using more and more sugar (glycogen) as fuel, it is roughly when you start breathing a bit harder.

    As a general advice to raise this threshold, exercise for 60 min or more, at conversational pace (that is you can keep up a conversation while going). But high intensity is of course not to be neglected either.

    Bottom line, I think you need to build a stronger base of training (more time at conversation pace). And a light snack (30-60mins before) is a good idea too (not sugar, but carbs with a low GI). And don't forget to drink your water. ;)

    • bohdel
      bohdel over 1 year ago

      ...actually it's bonking in running, "hitting the wall" is something else. :)

  • 2 votes
    tragicallyjuliet  almost 2 years ago by: tragicallyjuliet

    could also be blood toxicity. when you work out you build up toxins in your blood from the break down of muscle tissue. sometimes when people first start working out they feel sick after a really strenuous work out. its the same reason people through up some times during a really tough work out. i hope by now it's cleared up

  • 1 vote
    ntaplin01  over 2 years ago by: ntaplin01

    You might not be eating enough calories for your BMI. I would check your BMI again.

    • musix220
      musix220 over 2 years ago

      I'm 5'2" and 180 lbs. My BMI is obese or overweight; it's in the neighborhood of 35 or so. Do you mean BMR? I also use the DailyBurn tracker and I keep track on my BMR and put in my food and workouts on there. I've been following that closely except for Monday is my free day as they advise in the new DailyBurn nutrition info. By the way, the free day and significantly cut down on my "cheating" the rest of the week and it gives me something to really look forward to. It's easy to say no to something because I know if I really want it, I can have it Monday.

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    seeEricaRun  over 2 years ago by: seeEricaRun

    Maybe the cool down isn't long enough for you? When you stop a high-intensity workout, your heart rate abruptly decreases, but your blood vessels are still dilated. The resulting blood pressure drop results in lightheadedness. Extending your cool down should help.

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    mashapic  over 1 year ago by: mashapic

    lower blood sugar level or lower blood pressure

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