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My head feels like it's going to explode during/after exercise.


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I feel like I'm always complaining about feeling like crap after i exercise, but the last few times it has felt really strange.

I get this weird feeling in my ears and my head feels like it might pop. It makes me lower my intensity even though I don't feel like I'm pushing myself too hard.
This mostly happens during cardio, but it's becoming discourage.

I'm trying to lose a few pounds, and I feel like it's never going to happen if I can't up my cardio successfully :(

Does this happen to anyone else or am I going crazy?

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Since it is getting worse lately, your body is obviously trying to tell you something. I would take a few days off from the gym, and see what your doctor has to say.

I can tell you from personal experience to pay attention to the warning signs. Here is what happened to me. For months I worked a shift at a gym where I was opening @ 5AM. I was getting maybe 3 hours of sleep a night and working out 5-6 days a week after my shift ended, To top it off, I was only getting 2000 calories a day. For a whole week, I had been feeling like crap, but just wrote it off to being tired. I should have seen my doctor. The Friday of that week, I spent an hour in the cardio room and I had only eaten 300 calories worth of food for the day. I burned off 700 calories in the session. Afterwards I couldn't even stand up and the paramedics were called. Long story short, they told me that from the extended sleep deprevation and lack of calories, my body had finally given out on me. I went to my doctor who made me take a week off of everything just to catch up on sleep, and I was told that a person as active as me should be getting at least 3000 calories. So ever since I have been getting 3000-3400 cals a day of the right types of foods.

The doctor told me that usually when you feel like crap after a workout it is from overtraining, not getting enough sleep, not getting enough to eat before a workout, and/or not eating enough in general. Those are usually the main causes. So make sure that you are eating enough of the right types of foods, getting enough sleep, and not overtraining.

That happens to me sometimes when I run and I'm dehydrated or have low blood sugar. Make sure you're getting enough fluids during the day and aren't restricting carbs too much.

Original Post by vyperman7:

Since it is getting worse lately, your body is obviously trying to tell you something. I would take a few days off from the gym, and see what your doctor has to say.

I can tell you from personal experience to pay attention to the warning signs. Here is what happened to me. For months I worked a shift at a gym where I was opening @ 5AM. I was getting maybe 3 hours of sleep a night and working out 5-6 days a week after my shift ended, To top it off, I was only getting 2000 calories a day. For a whole week, I had been feeling like crap, but just wrote it off to being tired. I should have seen my doctor. The Friday of that week, I spent an hour in the cardio room and I had only eaten 300 calories worth of food for the day. I burned off 700 calories in the session. Afterwards I couldn't even stand up and the paramedics were called. Long story short, they told me that from the extended sleep deprevation and lack of calories, my body had finally given out on me. I went to my doctor who made me take a week off of everything just to catch up on sleep, and I was told that a person as active as me should be getting at least 3000 calories. So ever since I have been getting 3000-3400 cals a day of the right types of foods.

The doctor told me that usually when you feel like crap after a workout it is from overtraining, not getting enough sleep, not getting enough to eat before a workout, and/or not eating enough in general. Those are usually the main causes. So make sure that you are eating enough of the right types of foods, getting enough sleep, and not overtraining.

I actually could not put it better myself to be honest as you accurately described a high-intensity deprivation situation that is quite dangerous.

@OP - I am a competition swimmer off my town's team and if you are aiming for good cardio I would suggest looking into swimming. Swimming especially at the competition or even simply recreational level offers a low impact yet healthy work out. As recently identified in both AARP and Muscles & Fitness magazines, men especially who swim are 50% less likely to die in general. Why? Because of the low impact on your joints and the natural fluidity of the motions that you put your body through.

However to describe another solution to your predicament I also suggest going to see your physician asap so as to identify what is actually going wrong. But quite simply it may be that you are dehydrated or do not drink enough water when you do cardio. Not drinking enough water during this summer and while working out is not only dumb but dangerous.

*Check with your physician first though about your fitness program.

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