Why You Get Dizzy When You Workout

Dizziness, blurred vision, or light-headedness when you exercise can be alarming (not to mention a detriment to your workout). The last thing you want is to feel dizzy and lightheaded when you come up from that last burpee, which is an unpleasant experience, (and somewhat alarming!) side effect during or after exercise. Here's what might be causing it and how to prevent it in the future.

You're Dehydrated

Getting the spins during your workout? Dehydration could be a culprit. The simple way to ensure you're staying well hydrated is pretty obvious: drink enough water and drink it often.

You Have Low Blood Sugar

One of the primary reasons you may feel dizzy both during and after exercise is because of low blood sugar. Your blood sugar levels dip and spike throughout the day based on the foods you eat and how quickly and how well your body breaks them down. To avoid the dizzying effects of low blood sugar (fatigue and headaches are among the various other symptoms), try eating something that's light enough for your stomach to handle and digest before exercise, but substantial enough to keep your blood sugar stable. You may also consider reaching for a bottle of coconut water. It'll keep you hydrated, and the natural sugars will make sure your blood sugar doesn't tank.

You Have Low Blood Pressure

If you experience sudden dizziness during a particularly intense, weight-bearing workout such as running or spinning, low blood pressure could be to blame. You're looking for a healthy blood pressure reading as close to 120/80 as possible. Some define the low blood pressure benchmark as roughly 90/60, but what is considered "low" for someone else, may not be "low" for you, so you should consult your doctor if you're concerned about your numbers. Generally, people who are lean, have a faster metabolism, and get lightheaded from just standing, are more susceptible to low blood pressure. If the symptoms persist, you may want to consider discussing this with your doctor.

You're Forgetting to Breathe

Everyone takes breathing for granted because it's an automatic process. If your breathing isn't synchronized with what you are doing, you might not be letting enough oxygen in and carbon dioxide out, which can cause sudden dizziness. You may be holding your breath during isometric moves (planks and squats) or breathing heavily through your mouth during drills and sprints.