Dizzy When You Work-Out? Find Out Why…

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It’s much better to have a light breakfast, preferably some protein and a complex carbohydrate. Find out why breakfast is so important to help you go through the day. Eating at least two to four hours before exercising can help avoid low blood sugar. Dizziness that occurs during exercise due to low blood sugar, can be remedied by drinking a fruit juice or eating other snacks high in sugar; however you should try to avoid these dizzy episodes by eating regularly.

One of the most common reasons is low blood sugar.

Stay Hydrated - Drink Your Water

Water consumption is important before, during and after exercise. It is important to remain well hydrated because when you exercise, fluids are lost through perspiration. Always keep water on hand and if you are exercising outside, try to avoid exercising during the hottest hours of the day to avoid dizziness and possibly, heat exhaustion. This is also important in the winter because breathing in cold, dry air forces your body to warm and humidify that air. With each exhalation, you lose significant amounts of water, therefore, hydration is vital when you are out in the cold (it’s a fact that many people don’t know).

Breathe Deeply

If you breathe properly, it has a calming effect and will help you avoid feeling unwell from a lack of oxygen. Many people are used to breathing only into their chest. When you are training, it is best to use all of your breathing capacity, this means a full inhale and exhale that fills out the sides and back as well. On the other hand, be careful not to exaggerate the breath so much, that it could make you dizzy and even lead to hyperventilation!



The abrupt drop in your blood circulation after exercising can also cause dizziness. Participating in aerobic activities elevates your heart rate, increases your circulation and causes your blood vessels to dilate. When you stop the vigorous movement, your heart rate drops and your circulation decreases again, but your blood vessels are still dilated. The combination of these factors can cause you to become temporarily lightheaded and dizzy.


If you experience dizziness during exercise, stop whatever you are doing and rest. Keep your head above your heart and do not lie down. Sitting on a chair or walking around may help. If dehydration or low blood sugar is the probable cause, drink water or eat a small snack. If the dizziness doesn’t go away after drinking fluids or eating something and it doesn’t get better after an hour, contact a doctor. Seek immediate medical attention if you have dizziness along with one or more of the following symptoms: chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness, inability to move an arm or leg, vision impairment or speech difficulty.

If you have any questions, contact our nutritionists for advice before or after your training.

Gemma Bischof
Regional Nutrition Manager
Holmes Place Switzerland

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