Exercise is often the solution to many health problems. However, what if a brisk run, a morning at the gym, or some other vigorous activity seems to bring on a case of vertigo? We’re going to look at some of the triggers that may end up exacerbated if you exercise without proper caution.
Remember always to discuss your exercise routine with a physician to make sure you are not doing something beyond your ability, but don’t stop working out because exercise is essential to your overall health.
We will also consider a natural way to get help for your vertigo. But before we get to that, here are some of the reasons you may be experiencing vertigo during or after exercise.
#1 You Haven’t Had Enough Water
When you work out really hard, you sweat. That takes moisture and minerals out of the body. If you haven’t been replacing your fluids by drinking water, you may have become dehydrated. Vertigo is an early symptom of dehydration. This may be the one time that it is worth the high sugar content to have a sports drink because you need to replace your fluids and get some electrolytes quickly. However, it is better just to drink enough water and hydrate properly in the first place.
#2 You Overexerted Yourself
The basic definition of overexertion is that you pushed yourself physically either too hard or for too long. Vertigo is just one of many signs of overexertion. You may also get short of breath, lightheaded, or even vomit.
Another reason that overexertion may lead to vertigo is that a common underlying cause of vertigo is a migraine. When a migraine strikes, overexertion can make it worse. It can also be the trigger for a migraine.
So if you are also getting symptoms of migraines following your exercise routine, you may need to consider the possibility that you have this condition. You may also need to change your workout to something with a little less impact.
#3 You Spent Too Long on an Exercise Machine
Vertigo can happen when your body engages in a certain motion repetitively over a period of time. For example, if you spend a day on a boat and still feel like you are rocking when you get back to dry land, that false sensation of movement is a form of vertigo.
If you just spent an hour on a treadmill, elliptical machine, or performing some other form of continual motion exercise, your body may just not have figured out that you’ve stopped yet. You can either avoid that type of machine or spend less time on it while you work to identify and correct the source of your vertigo.
#4 Your Blood Sugar Dropped
When you are working out, your body uses sugar as the energy for your muscles. If you haven’t eaten for a while, there may not be much glucose for your body to draw on. As blood sugar levels drop, you can begin to experience the symptoms of hypoglycemia. These symptoms include fatigue, hunger, irritability, shakiness, and vertigo.
#5 Your Blood Pressure Dropped
Vigorous activity can cause your blood pressure to drop for about an hour after you exercise. When blood pressure gets too low it can affect vision, cause nausea and fatigue, and it may also lead to vertigo. Be particularly careful if you have heart problems, are pregnant, or are taking medications that reduce blood pressure.
#6 Your Oxygen Levels Dropped
If you have ever watched an exercise video or taken a class, the instructor has probably emphasized proper breathing. This is because they do not want your oxygen levels to get low. If you breath shallow and fast, your body won’t have enough oxygen from your activity. Before long, you may find that you are lightheaded or experiencing vertigo.
#7 You Have a Heart Arrhythmia
That is just a fancy way to say that your heart is beating abnormally. There are many conditions that can cause your heart to do this. Even stress can affect the pattern of your heartbeat. While most cases are not severe, you may want to consult a physician to make sure you don’t have a more significant issue.
How can you identify a heart arrhythmia? In many cases, there are no symptoms. You will only find out about this sort of problem if you have an annual physical. On the other hand, an arrhythmia could cause you to get lightheaded, sweat, grow short of breath, or even faint. Vertigo is also a symptom.
Medical Attention for Those Who Get Vertigo
Most of the vertigo causes noted above can be taken care of by taking a break and drinking some water. However, some people get vertigo because of a misalignment in the top two bones of the neck. When this is the case, bouts of vertigo can recur frequently. How can you correct such a misalignment in a safe and gentle way?
Upper cervical chiropractors focus on the C1 and C2 vertebrae with precise and gentle adjustments. This has helped many vertigo patients in case studies to overcome problems with vertigo. You are a particularly good candidate for care if you have a history of head or neck trauma.
Locate a practitioner in your area and schedule a consultation to learn if this is the right natural alternative for you. It may be your first step in finally breaking free from recurring episodes of vertigo.