Do you ever get dizzy during working out? Lightheadedness is nothing to ignore! We chatted with Miraval’s fitness supervisor Pam Trudeau, ACE, AFAA, PMA-CPT, to find some common reasons many of us experience a little lightheadedness during our exercise.
Note, if you are feeling dizzy during working out, first and foremost make an appointment with your doctor. There could be underlying health reasons causing you to feel faint. Feeling dizzy during any activity or inactivity is not normal and should be brought to your doctor’s attention immediately.
During your exercise if that feeling of lightheadedness strikes, Pam urges you to “stop exercising, find a cool spot, if exercising outdoors find some shade, and sit down.” While you take a breather and some sips of water, ask yourself the following three questions:
Am I properly fueled?
“If exercising first thing in the morning don’t expect your dinner from the night before to act as fuel,” shares Pam. That dinner was likely eaten more than 10 hours ago so fuel up! “Eat a high-carb snack about an hour prior to exercising.” Grab a banana, a low-sugar energy bar, or some granola.
Am I drinking water?
There’s no way around it, for our bodies to function well we need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! “Dehydration can lead to low blood pressure, lightheadedness, even fainting,” warns Pam. “If you begin your workout slightly dehydrated, then add to that loss of fluids through sweating, you very well could experience lightheadedness during exercise.” Pam suggests sipping 4-6 ounces every 10-12 minutes as a good rule of thumb during your workout.
Am I breathing?
“Sometimes we have a tendency to hold our breath or use a rapid shallow breath during exercise,” explains Pam, ” and any of these can lead to feeling lightheaded. A simple tool we use often here at Miraval is a synchronized breath with your steps during walking or running. In for 4, out for 4… Inhale, Inhale, Inhale, Inhale – Exhale, Exhale, Exhale, Exhale in sync with your steps.”
Pam also warns to “Immediately seek medical attention if you feel pain in your chest, arms, jaw, or lungs. Before resuming exercising seek medical attention to rule out an underlying health issue such as heart disease or a lung illness.”