Headache after workout??

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
I had my gym induction last night. The instructer went through all my medical history, we set goals and she wanted to have an idea of my level of fitness.

I was assigned to the treadmill and asked to do up to 5k (or as much as I could)
I did the 5k in just over 32 mins (rubbish)
I then did some interval training on the rowing machine. I was working out for just over an hour.

Apart from blisters on my feet, I felt physically fine, but later on when I was home I had a raging headache and it lasted all night.

Does anyone know why this may have happened? I know I wasn't dehydrated as I drank plenty or water throughout the day and was sipping throughout the workout. Any ideas?

Thanks
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  • lindenslindens Forumite
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    A colleague had similar problems accompanied by blurred vision. I suggested a drop in blood sugar levels and that he drink a sports drink before/during/after exercise. He does this and headaches/blurred vision have gone away.
    This info I had just got from Google anyway - so have you tried googling "headache after exercise"?
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    Thanks for your reply. Yes I tried google (not in depth though, will research a bit more later) and it came up with stuff like dehydration, low blood sugar and even brain tumours!

    I did have some powerade drink before I went, so I didn't think it was low blood sugar.
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  • What's your diet like? If you're not eating right, your body will panic at exercise...

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    My diet has been dire but I'm working on it. Yesterday I ate-

    Porridge/semi-skimmed milk
    Vegetable soup
    Fruit salad (pineapple, kiwi, apple, some grapes and a satsuma)
    1 boiled egg
    Banana about 40 mins before workout
    Sausage and mash with onions after

    I don't like hot drinks so just water throughout the day (sometimes with lemon squash) and some powerade drink.
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  • edited 26 February 2013 at 4:43PM
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    edited 26 February 2013 at 4:43PM
    make sure you have eaten carbs before your workout, how long before depends on the type, simple or complex, look them up. Don't go there thinking you will use only fat as fuel, thats a myth. Fat can only be burnt for energy when in the presence of carbohydrate.
    lippy1923 wrote: »
    I I know I wasn't dehydrated as I drank plenty or water throughout the day and was sipping throughout the workout.

    Excellent.


    As it was your first time you may have overdone it, by your own standards. An hour workout for a first timer sounds too much. 20-30 mins would have been enough. Rome wasn't built in a day.
    Keep at it and maybe do a bit less next time and build up slowly.
    lippy1923 wrote: »
    Apart from blisters on my feet,

    Bad shoes ?
    Bad technique ?
    or overdone it for the first time.
  • lippy1923 wrote: »
    My diet has been dire but I'm working on it. Yesterday I ate-

    Porridge/semi-skimmed milk
    Vegetable soup
    Fruit salad (pineapple, kiwi, apple, some grapes and a satsuma)
    1 boiled egg
    Banana about 40 mins before workout
    Sausage and mash with onions after

    I don't like hot drinks so just water throughout the day (sometimes with lemon squash) and some powerade drink.

    You're not eating enough, pure and simple - add some more protein and fat to that! Maybe a wedge of cheese and some salad leaves with the soup or some chicken with the egg. Try sweet potato mash (although I loathe the stuff and would rather have sausage stew with veg in it).

    Lose the Powerade - unnecessary sugar will cause an insulin spike and make you feel odd when exercising.

    I hate hot drinks too - I tend to have water with a bit of pure lemon or orange juice for the taste.

    I'll see what else I can think of :)

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    I'd definitely have something different than a banana just before work out, maybe a sandwich instead. And also keep drinking water afterwards as well and also lose the energy drinks, just look at the bottle to show you what's in them, its shocking.

    I think you just started to heavy 5k on the treadmill straight away is crazy!
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    Thanks for the comments. I think you're right, maybe 5k was a bit much to start, although I wasn't gasping for breath like I thought I would be. I felt I could have gone on for longer if it wern't for the blisters..... (bad shoes and prob bad technique)

    I would have thought my instructer would mention if my technique was off? I don't slap my feet on the ground like I know some people do. Will have to ask next time I go.

    I'll lose the energy drinks. Only had half of it because I'm not keen on the taste, but will just forget them in future.

    I'm not a sandwich lover.... very fussy with food lol. I only like freshly baked bread when its still warm, but thanks for the idea.
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  • edited 26 February 2013 at 6:44PM
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    edited 26 February 2013 at 6:44PM
    lippy1923 wrote: »
    I had my gym induction last night. The instructer went through all my medical history, we set goals and she wanted to have an idea of my level of fitness.

    I was assigned to the treadmill and asked to do up to 5k (or as much as I could)
    I did the 5k in just over 32 mins (rubbish)
    I then did some interval training on the rowing machine. I was working out for just over an hour.

    Apart from blisters on my feet, I felt physically fine, but later on when I was home I had a raging headache and it lasted all night.

    Does anyone know why this may have happened? I know I wasn't dehydrated as I drank plenty or water throughout the day and was sipping throughout the workout. Any ideas?

    Thanks

    Water alone does not hydrate you, the body needs minerals and carbs and, to a lesser extent, protein and fats to hold onto it. Did the instructor do a resting blood pressure and heart rate before beasting you? Did you warm up and cool down properly?

    Diet is really not great: you had wall to wall carbs all day, little protein or fat and possibly not enough calories overall either. There really is not much protein in either milk or a single egg. That plus the Powerade could have your blood sugar peaking and dipping.

    Get the basics in place - five to nine servings of fruit and veggies in the full rainbow of colours, three servings of dairy a day, sugary/ fatty/ junky items no more than 10% daily calories (sausages, sugary drinks). Healthy fats and lean protein little and often preferably starting with breakfast, plenty of mineral rich foods.

    Remember your needs of all nutrients including vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids are increased by regular exercise. No way will one serving of porridge supply all the minerals you need each day, especially once you are sweating them out. Eat plenty of nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, cocoa, dairy.

    A basic gym instructor (level 2 = GCSE!) won't have a clue about posture analysis, there is only a single hour session even in the YMCA accredited personal trainer courses (level 3 = A level) and it's only static posture not movement assessments. Most fitness professionals who specialise take extra qualifications although there is a lot more posture stuff in the NASM PT course.

    If you are running be sure you have been fitted for running shoes at a proper sport/ running shop, and consider using a 0-5K programme. If you have not done that you should ever have been asked to do 5K as fast as you can as a fitness assessment, that doesn't say much for the instructor.
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    Thanks FireFox.

    I don't know how qualified the instructor was, I'm guessing not very! Although I wasn't pushed too much, I did what I was comfortable with. I will take a look at 0-5k programme as suggested. I did stretch and do a 10 min brisk walk as a warm up... not sure if this is good or not.

    As for the diet, I know its not great, but its better then it was :)

    Porridge isn't much but I just can't eat much first thing. I've tried to force feed myself things like smoothies, or a slice of toast, but it makes me feel physically sick if I eat early.

    I will work on food groups as suggested.
    Thanks a lot.
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