What Causes Nausea In Muscle Group Exercises?

March 28, 2012 · Posted in Fitness 

Feeling lightheaded, nauseous, and even sometimes puking is what nearly every body builder would often say when they train big muscle groups that would involve certain exercises such as squats and dead lifts. Some great bodybuilders even take pride that they puke after an intensive bout of weightlifting as an indication that they have had a fantastic workout. But these symptoms are unpleasant to many and also disruptive as well as dangerous and it can injuries. It is possible that you have also experienced these symptoms.

What happened? Well, there could be several causes.

First of all, you may have eaten or drunk too much before your gym workout. To your digestive organs is where the blood is channeled for your digestive process. However, when you start to intensively exercise especially on big muscle groups, then a lot of blood is channeled away from your digestive organs to the muscles. Food is now in your digestive systems left unattended when that happens and therefore undigested which is what could be causing you to feel nauseous.

Your blood sugar level may be low. When you are on a low carbohydrate caloric restriction diet or have not eaten for a while and is lifting heavy weights, then this is likely to happen. Besides feeling giddy and tired, you may also suffer muscular weakness and may even develop a headache. This will all boil down to having a decrease of energy level for not having the proper amount of energy nutrients before your workout.

Low blood pressure is the most common cause of nausea when weight lifting. It could be inherent that you have low blood pressure and if not, it is caused by change of body position. You may have felt giddy when you are sitting stationary for someone then suddenly, you got up and stretched. If you have experienced such a thing then the same logic and science can apply. There could be a sudden fall of blood pressure when you are in a squatting position and then suddenly, you burst upwards to a standing position with the blood pooled in your lower body and it’s not sending the blood fast enough to your brain and your upper body.

These are but some of the reasons why giddiness, nausea, and even puking is what most of us experience when we work on big muscle groups and do exercises like dead lifts and squats with heavy weights.

Now that we are aware of the reasons, we can take necessary precautions during our gym workout on heavy weight days so that we can prevent these unpleasant symptoms.

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