Why does exercise make me feel bad the next day?
March 18, 2006 2:14 PM Subscribe
How do I avoid exercise hangovers?
I exercise every other day, about half an hour of really vigorous swimming (plus stretching and all the rest) usually around lunchtime. I've been doing this on and off for about six months, very regularly for the last few months. I eat breakfast (protein-y fiber-y twiggy cereal, fruit, lowfat milk, coffee), swim and have lunch, go about my day. The next day at about mid-day I often just sort of feel bad. I have sore muscles sometimes which I figure is normal, but this is just grouchiness, clumsiness, ootchiness, loaginess, etc. I have heard people referring to an exercise hangover, but I don't know if this is what this is, I just know I don't like it and if it's related to exercising and/or food I'd like to stop it. Swimming every day is pretty hard on my schedule, so I'm not looking for that sort of advice, mostly trying to eat better and/or get at what's behind this.
I've never been someone who exercised regularly, just sort of ate right and ran around and everything was in balance. Now that I'm more sedentary and live in a place with real winter, I exercise. However I don't know much about eating for exercising. I watch what I eat, though I don't diet, so I usually stay away from energy bar type food. I drink enough water and I think I take in enough salts and sugars but I don't know for sure. If anyone has had this happen, or knows more about sports nutrition or could point me someplace where I could read more about conquering this, I'd be really grateful.