We have very little doubt by now that a great workout offers spectacular benefits for our short and long-term health. Regular activity blesses us with benefits like promoting weight management, increasing self-confidence, improving brain & memory functions, lowering blood pressure, improving heart & mental health, and slowing down the ageing process. Consequently, many men and women wish to join the gym to benefit their minds and bodies.
Whenever we talk about exercise and physical activity, our minds get flooded with its many benefits. However, like every coin has two sides, exercise similarly entails a darker side. Many women – both beginners and experts experience an array of side effects due to excessive exercise that affects them each day.
It is noteworthy that these side-effects experienced by women due to intensive workouts are common, and may not be a cause for worry always. Here is a roundup of some excessive workout side effects for women:
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is a common side-effect post-workout. The micro-tears in the muscle tissues are responsible for muscle soreness. DOMS begins typically and continues for a day or two after an intense workout or physical activity. Those who are new to their fitness journey are more likely to experience muscle soreness as their body takes a considerable amount in adapting new movements and high-intensity exercise like weight training, jump roping etc. A potential solution to this problem is to warm up the body before a workout, cool it down after the activity, and drink sufficient water.
Experiencing itchy skin during a workout is not uncommon. The surprising reason behind this is that our heart rhythm and blood flow increases while exercising. As the heart pumps more blood and oxygen to our muscles, it causes the capillaries and arteries to fill the blood and expand throughout the body. The entire process stimulates our nerve cells and sends a signal to the brain. Accompanied by our tight workout clothes, our brain responds to the body’s exercise with an urge to itch. The itching sensation decreases as we continue our regular training.
Dizziness & Nausea
Dizziness and nausea during and after a workout is a common occurrence. Doubled by high-intensity exercise, one can undoubtedly feel nausea. One reason behind feeling dizzy and nausea is when people push themselves too hard and result in overexertion. Dehydration caused by intense physical activity can also lead to dizziness, tiredness, dry mouth, and feeling faint or lightheaded. Drinking the right amount of water and eating a small snack before a workout can help solve this problem significantly.
While jogging, running or exercising, one feels a runny nose that is extremely annoying. It is a frustrating experience that is a normal side-effect of a workout commonly known as exercise-induced rhinitis. Those dealing with runny noses during intense training most probably face allergic rhinitis as they breathe deeper and inhale numerous allergens. Exercise-induced rhinitis occurs when people train outside and can even catch seasonal allergies like hay fever due to the pollens and other irritants present outside. Therefore, switching to indoor workouts is a good option, especially during high-pollen days.
Urge for Defecation
The movements and vibrations of the legs while running causes shaking of the gastrointestinal tract. It arouses the urge to run to the washroom. The reason is that instead of the blood getting redirected to the muscles, it reaches the intestines. Other factors leading to the urge can be the time gap between meals and exercise, stress, hydration etc. Hence, excluding spicy and fibre-rich foods and maintaining a time gap of eating at least 2 hours before exercising helps prevent the urge to defecate.
While there are both health benefits and side-effects of excessive workout, it shouldn’t stop women from accomplishing their fitness goals and making a difference. Feeling such symptoms of itchy skin, runny nose, muscle soreness, dizziness etc. during and post-workout may be normal.