There are many perks to doing a good workout. Symptoms like sore muscles, heavy breathing and sweating are all positive as they signify that your workout was a good one. However, there are certain signs your body gives off during exercise that you must pay careful attention to that are not so good. These are actually workout red flags you must not ignore because they mean you are overworking your body and may be in danger of a serious medical condition.
Muscle cramps can signal problems like an intensity overload, dehydration or even heat stroke. Identify the intensity of the cramp and how long you have felt it. If it doesn’t go away after a few minutes but lingers throughout your workout session, it could mean that you have to take a breather to cool off and hydrate your body. Take a rest for several minutes and drink some water. Usually, when you experience a nagging muscle cramp, it means you are pushing yourself too hard and are doing too much in too short a time.
Side stitches are another common type of muscle cramp that you may feel while doing cardio workouts like running or walking on the treadmill. If you experience a side stitch, it usually means that you haven’t warmed up enough, that your posture isn’t the best or that you have an electrolyte imbalance. However, as you build up your endurance when you intensify your workouts, you should experience them less. It’s still wise to keep on top of side stitches because if you feel one that continues up your left shoulder, it could be a warning of a heart attack.
If your muscles are shaking after your workout, whether you are running, lifting weights or using the elliptical, you might want to give yourself a well-deserved break. When you experience shaky muscles that prevent you from controlling your movements, it is usually a sign that you have reached the point of fatigue where you will no longer get any benefit from continuing with your workout. It could actually mean you are over-exerting yourself and that there are additional problems like dehydration and low blood sugar levels in your blood.
Dizziness or Light-Headedness
Feeling dizzy or light-headed during a workout can mean a variety of things, including low blood sugar, dehydration or heat stroke. Don’t just ignore this symptom because it can be very serious. Take a break to cool off, drink some water and rest your body for several minutes. If you have been diligent in keeping yourself hydrated and you are generally healthy and still feel dizzy or light-headed, you may want to see your doctor if the feeling doesn’t immediately subside.
Nausea and Vomiting
If you skip eating some time before you begin a workout or have begun exercising too soon after a meal, you may feel nauseous and may even vomit. Feeling nauseous and vomiting after or during a workout can be a sign that you have to lower the intensity of your activity.
Always pay attention to your body, whether or not you are working out. These workout flags should always be taken seriously. You want to ensure that you are as healthy as you think.