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nausea following anaerobic exercise
Posted by: Ann M. Block
Date: January 18, 2002 2:20 PM

I am a 50 year old female in relatively good health. I take Synthroid because I am status post subtotal thyroidectomy. I have increased my strength training and started taking Pilates on a regular basis for one year to lose weight and gain muscle. I have battled nausea following weight training and especially following my Pilates class. I want to know if this is a strange occurrence and what causes it. My general practitioner does not know. I get regular checkups and my blood sugar is OK. It is very discouraging and I would like to find a solution because this problem is holding me back. I have tried Dramamine and hydrating well before exercise. I have also tried eating complex carbohydrates to regulate my blood sugar levels prior to exercise. Any solutions would be helpful, but I would really like to know what causes it, if you know.

RE: nausea following anaerobic exercise
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 18, 2002 4:56 PM

They say that to win the Mr. Universe title back in 1970, The then 20 year old Arnold Swartzenmuscle took a bucket with him to the gym. He pumped iron until he threw up in the bucket. A sudden drop in blood sugar stimulates HGH release and puts on muscle. The point of the story is that exercise drops blood sugar - in some people more than others and some people experience this as nausea. Arnold considered it a good sign, and you may choose to so consider it that way yourself as you will probably be getting a better response to exercise than most people, although at 50 your HGH release will not be what it was when you were 20. Nevertheless it should be much more than other 50 year olds who do not get nausea from exercise. If you must suppress the nausea, try eating fruit between sets of reps.



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