Feeling dizzy while exercising?
I have had a few people over the years that feel dizzy and lightheaded during training sessions. It’s not uncommon and there are sometimes easy things you can do to prevent it happening again.
So here are some of the reasons why it may be happening and what you can do:
1. Not eating enough.
This is one of the most common reasons I see that makes people feel dizzy. Your body uses glucose for energy and if you haven’t had enough to eat then you won’t have enough glucose aka energy. It’s important to eat a meal 3 hours before or if you are short on time at least a piece of fruit before training. I also find people may have been fine walking on a treadmill without having much to eat but feel dizzy if they increase the intensity. So if you are training harder or more often, you may need to consider eating more.
2. Not drinking enough water.
If you are training, you need to make sure you drink enough during the day, but also drink during exercise. When you train you sweat and loose fluids and this need to be replaced. If you are dehydrated it can make you feel dizzy and lightheaded so drink up before, during and after!
3. Not breathing properly.
It is important to breathe properly when you exercise. Often especially when new to exercise, breathing can be too shallow and rapid and not allow you to get enough oxygen in. This can lead to dizziness. It is important to not hold your breath and breathe according to the training you are doing.
4. Medical conditions.
If you have tried to address all of the above and still feel dizzy then it is probably best to consult a doctor. There could be other things going on that are causing it.