Exercise has incredible benefits; the list is endless. However, there are some strange side effects your body goes through during exercise. But, these strange things are normal—you're not alone.
You're not the only one who yawns, excessively sweats, or blows their nose during a workout.
Check out these six weird, but very normal bodily reactions to exercise. Find out why they happen and what you can do about it.
YawningAccording to the article Why Do I Yawn When I Workout, there's one theory that explains yawning as the body's need to increase oxygen flow to the brain. Another theory explains yawning as your body's way of dealing with a transition to exercise, which is a greater need to breath and blood vessel dilation.
What to do? When you get out of bed, take some deep breaths before you start your day. Also, start with a warm up before you begin an intense workout.
Excessive Sweating and Runny NosesExercise stimulates secretions of your body's glands, including mucus glands in your nose.
What to do? Since you're unable to stop your body from secreting, make sure you stay well-hydrated during your workout. Drink fluids every 15 to 20 minutes.
Ear PoppingThis occurs because your body tries to maintain an equal pressure between the outside and inside of your middle ear. While running or weight lifting, your body braces for impact; pressure is generated and transmitted to your ear.
What to do? Make sure your body is in proper form and land on the ground with as little impact as possible when running. Try not to hold your breath when lifting weights. Breathe through each repetition.
HeartburnExercises, like running or sit-ups, can push your stomach contents up into your esophagus, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn.
What to do? Avoid foods, like dairy, before your workout. Wait about two hours to begin any workout after you eat a meal.
CrampsMany things can cause cramps in just about every muscle in the body. Low amounts of electrolytes, dehydration, or poorly fitted shoes, are a few reasons why you can get muscle cramps.
What to do? Since potassium channels control muscle contraction, make sure to eat foods containing potassium. Bananas are a great source. Also, hydrate before, during, and after your workout.
HeadachesA rigorous workout can cause blood vessels inside your skull to dilate. This is one of the ways the body deals with physical stress.
What to do? Stay cool on hot days. Make sure you're regulating your breathing, and use proper form during your exercises.
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