Yesterday I started working out. It's been years since I was last in a gym so I decided to take it easy and just do some walking on the treadmill. I walked for 30mins yesterday and when i go off I felt really dizzy. The same thing happen to today. Why would this be? She it be a concern I need to speak to my doctor about?
i take a sip every 10mins. i only excercise for 30mins since i'm just starting out. my doc told me that's fine but when I start strength training to consult with an excercise specialist for proper technique since i have back problems. I work at a wellness center. it's free for me to workout so i'm just taking advantage of it. i'm also doing to to see if it helps with my back pain and also to become more physically fit.
it's probably a good idea for you to drop by the doctor's office and discuss this with him/her. it's not going to hurt anything to talk to the dr.
a couple of things here...first, it's not enough to sip water. you need to drink water...as in take a 16.9 oz (common size) water bottle with you and empty it while you're working out. dehydration is a major problem and when you're exercising, you need to be especially hydrated.
second. breathe. people in gyms forget to breathe all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you watch...you'll see people all red in the face in gyms, because they're holding their breath through exercise. this includes ppl who are walking. get into a regular pattern of deep breathing while you walk. breathe freely.
also when you're walking, you should never be walking so fast that you cannot hold a regular conversation. this is a good indicator of whether you are putting forth too much effort. if you find that you're too winded to carry on a conversation, then slow it down a notch until you feel more comfortable.
remember, when you go to a gym and you haven't been to one in a while...your objective is to get healthier. this doesn't occur all at once...you're not punishing yourself for eating too much or for not exercising...you're just trying to get healthier.
start small and work up to it. your stamina WILL improve if you just stay with it. if you burn out early, you'll never be able to keep up.
there's a joke out there on the internet currently that says something like "i made a new years resolution to lose weight and work out at the gym...today i put on some sweats and got in my car and rode past the gym...i feel better already!".
well...there's a point to this. start real slow and work up. don't be afraid to step in the baby pool (so to speak) walk the treadmill for 10 mins and see how that goes. if you feel fine afterwards, then go for 12 mins. the next time. if you feel fine then go for 15 mins the next time. if you start to feel dizzy, then back off to 12 again for a few times until you feel the energy to do 15 again.
don't push yourself too hard...remember this is to improve your overall health...not to punish you. it's a gradual process and if you are smart about how you do it, you'll gradually lose all the weight you want or you'll develop the stamina you want, or you'll achieve the fitness level you want.
thank you soo much for all that info. that's really what i'm trying to do now it just start off real slow walking 3.5 mph for 30 mins. i can handle it just the dizzy part. even the first day i walked 2.5mph for 30mins and it helped ease my period cramps. from then i started going for a litter fast pace which is 3.5mph. maybe i'll try to only do it for 15 mins and see if i still feel dizzy. idk if it's the whole motion on the thing i'm not use too or not. well thanks anyways for all your help!
It is normal to feel a little dizzy, weak or nautious after working out if you haven't worked out in a long long time. Once you start getting used to working out your body will become use to it and you won't feel that way anymore. I started a kickboxing class today, and right after i felt nautious, and dizzy for about 20 minutes straight...it was a hardcore work out, but the trainer said that's normal if you haven't worked out in ages.
thanks bunchez queenb! i just need to be more consistant. i'm about to start physical therapy for my back and i'm done with the treadmill! i'll see what they will advise me to use in the gym for my back.
Hi there, hope your quest on becoming more fit is going great!
Just to let you know, about the drinking water, it isn't prudent to chug a lot water in any one point, a large intake of water in your body triggers hormones that will just make you pee it all out without the water having contributed much to your dehydration.
Yes, you should keep at it on a maintained schedule, your body may just be experiencing the side effects of not being used to such exertion.
However, what was left out as a possible explanation to your dizziness is your nutritional needs. Are you eating properly in general, and before your work outs? Also. your sleeping habits are also important, are they consistent and long enough?
These factors, alongside your body not being used the exertion, are the more likely of reasons as to why you experience such dizziness.
I do get enough sleep but sometimes i feel like it's not but it's me just being lazy. My diet isn't what I would like it to be. I'd like to start eating 6 small meals a day as suggested by and excersice specialist but it's hard to with the kind of schedule i have.
another point about walking and/or running on a treadmill, even if you are exercising properly (the right amount of time, right speed, etc.) the fact that a treadmill is on a still position and you are moving, creates a funny effect, just like when you are parked and the car besides you starts moving... also, is the same feeling you have after getting off the plane or after a long ride in a car
a lot of people disregard the fact that walking or running on a treadmill, which is a machine with a rotating band, affects your balance!
i personally ALWAYS get dizzy for a couple of seconds whenever i get off the treadmill or an elliptical machine, but it's a different kind of dizzy... you have to judge if your dizziness is because of getting into shape and over-working out, or if it just a funny effect from jumping off a machine that has been moving for a while and landing on firm earth...
hope this made sense! and glad you are working out and getting in good shape
i am glad i found this topic because i get dizzy coming off the treadmill and it doesnt matter how much i eat or what i drink,i still get same results,maybe i am doing to much too soon
what i also found out is i maybe coming off the treadmill to fast remember your on a moving piece of equipment,,u suddenly stop ya brain cant catch up.apparently when u click the stop button just once theres a cooling down period.i could be wrong
Yup, I do agree with bhealth. On the other perspective though, it could be that you have lost some grasp of air. Running on a treadmill is a cardiovascular activity and you need to have a sufficient amount of oxygen to fuel your body and burn the fats necessary to convert into energy. Sometimes, our breathing or oxygen intake lags behind with our oxygen need to circulate around our body. If this happens, sometimes we get a dizzy sick feeling. However, I think in your case, I agree with Bhealth. I am just presenting another perspective though
I had similar problem today, I fainted in the gym, someone called 911 and ambulance was there in 5 minutes but i was fine after 10-15 minutes. I generally workout regularly 3 times a week with no issues till date, I realized I skipped proper lunch meal and enough liquid whole day in meetings. The 15 minutes was the worst part of my life, it looked i came back visiting hell ! will never exercise without well nutrition and hydrated body.