IN THIS BLOG POST …
- Most hardcore gym goers and/or athletics have experienced exercised-induced nausea at least once in their lifetime.
- Common causes of exercise-induced nausea and guidelines to help you avoid it happening to you.
If you’re experiencing nausea, try adding fresh ginger to your favorite post-workout protein shake or boil water and fresh ginger to make a delicious and soothing tea.
Have you ever experienced nausea, light-headedness or dizziness during or after a workout? Most hard-core gym goers and/or athletics have experienced this at least once in their lifetime. Exercise-induced nausea can happen for many reasons, some of the more common causes include:
- Working out on a full stomach,
- Low blood sugar,
- Dehydration or over-hydration,
- Ending an intense workout session too abruptly,
- High intensity (or maximum heart rate) exercise and uncontrolled breathing, and
- Bending over during a period of maximum heart rate, especially while inhaling.
When this happens ginger can become your best friend!
To reduce the likelihood of exercise-induced nausea, here are a few guidelines to follow:
- Drink a protein shake or eat a small snack about 30-60 minutes before you exercise;
- Increase the intensity of your workout gradually and don’t workout near or at your maximum heart rate (typically calculated as 220 minus your age);
- Exercise in a temperature-controlled environment;
- Drink about 10 oz of water every 15-20 minutes of exercise; sports drinks are not necessary unless you’re exercising for more than 90 minutes;
- Don’t bend over while you’re working out at a high intensity; and
- Spend 3-5 minutes cooling down at the end of your workout.
Although nausea is not pleasant, it’s not necessarily something to be avoided. Nausea is a sign of exercise-induced human growth hormone (hGH) secretion, which can have anti-aging, fat loss, and muscle gain benefits.
health iQ tip(s): If you’re experiencing nausea, try adding fresh ginger to your favorite post-workout protein shake or boil water and fresh ginger to make a delicious and soothing tea.
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