Nausea or vertigo when exercising?
June 6, 2014 7:49 AM Subscribe
I recently started exercising for the first time ever (in my early 30's) by joining a gym and trying out their HIIT classes. They're really hard but I'm doing it. I'm running into some problems that only occur with certain exercises, and I'm wondering if there could be an underlying cause.
posted by juniperesque to Health & Fitness (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I noticed that any time I had to do burpees, the dropping motion left me feeling really barfy and the room started to swim. I thought it was just because they were hard, but realized that any move where I had to go from standing to not-standing (vertical to horizontal) quickly left me feeling like this. It's an almost overwhelming feeling like I've been dropped off in an MC Escher painting and I'm going to vomit. It gets better as soon as I get upright again.
The instructor said I'd feel better once I was at it for two weeks or so, and while I believe that the exercise itself will feel better soon (I've been to seven classes so far, going each day they're offered, M-Tu-W-Th-Sa), something is telling me that this barfy feeling is not related to my being out of shape but is maybe motion sickness, or something inner-ear? I'm not hypoglycemic. I typically eat healthfully, and my pre-workout snack is usually a yogurt parfait with cheerios, lowfat yogurt, and fruit or a toaster waffle with jam and sunflower seeds.
They've been really nice about me just doing jumping jacks while everyone else is doing burpees, etc., but I'd like to know if only exercising vertically is my destiny. Yes, ideally, I'd go to my doctor, but I'm HMO and she doesn't have an opening for another couple of weeks, so asking here so I can at least come in with a list of possibilities. What could this problem be?