Nausea and Your Workout Session - Work It Training

HIIT and Nausea

Many clients have experienced an episode of mid-exercise nausea that can lead to a short workout session. This is not uncommon but it can be unsettling if you haven’t experienced exercise-induced nausea before. There could be many causes of nausea during exercise. Most of the causes are temporary and not concerning but if the symptoms are frequent and linger after you stop exercising you should seek the advice of a doctor. It is important when you do start to experience nausea during exercise that you not panic and take a little break until the nausea subsides.

Most likely if you have nausea during regular exercise it is caused be eating or drinking too much or too little before your workout. If you workout in the morning realize you are probably fasting when you wake up. Try to eat a small, balanced breakfast about an hour to 30 minutes before your workout. If you workout later in the day don’t eat a large meal before working out. Having a full stomach and exercising could certainly bring on stomach cramps. If you find yourself with an upset stomach during a workout try changing up your eating and drinking routine and see if the symptoms improve.

Nausea and a generally upset stomach during exercise could also have other causes. Some of these could include: exercise that is too intense, medication, supplements, illness, hormones, allergies, and in rarer cases a more concerning medical issue. If you are starting a new exercise routine, slow down, lighten your weight load, and take more breaks if you get queasy. It’s better to start slow and work your way into a new routine.

If you suspect the symptoms are medication-related never stop taking the prescribed medication or alter the directions without discussing it with your doctor first. Let you doctor know about the issue and they may be able to offer a solution. With many of the other causes the symptoms should subside after your body returns to normal, for example after an illness or hormone change. If the symptoms persist and an underlying cause can’t be determined it is a good idea to seek the advice of a medical professional for further diagnostics.

-by Kyle Golden, Founder and Certified Personal Trainer

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