Strange Things That Happen When You Exercise and How to Avoid Them


Woman Working OutBy: Krystle Crossman

While you are working out you may notice that there are some strange things going on with your body. You might find that you are shaking or that a certain part of your body goes numb. Here are some common things that happen during exercises and what you can do to prevent them.

1. While you are on the elliptical machine your feet go numb: Physical therapist Alice Holland states that if your feet are going numb while you are on the elliptical machine it is probably because your shoelaces are too tight. When you bend your foot the laces push down on the nerve that is on the top of your foot. Loosen up the fifth and sixth laces just a tad to give your feet room to bend.

2. You get an intense headache after you work out: Dr. Lawrence Newman, director of the Headache Institute at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Roosevelt, states that when you exercise your blood vessel dilate so that your blood can move through them. As your heart rate goes up the blood is rushing faster through your veins and they need to open up to accommodate. When this happens the vessels in your brain dilate as well which can trigger your trigeminal nerve. This nerve can cause a headache after your workout. If you are finding that the headaches are severe it may be due to your posture. If you aren’t sitting up straight your muscles will pinch nerves in your back and neck.

3. When you are planking your arms begin to shake: There is a lot more to planking than you may think and it takes a toll on your muscles. Your arms begin to shake because your muscles are fatigued. Some of the muscle cells stop firing while the others that are still holding you up are still firing which causes a quiver. Your body will adapt to the exercises if you do them often. You may also have a small amount of dehydration so make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

4. Your skin begins to itch during a workout: Once you have started working out you are pumping histamine through your body. This makes you itch all over. The more you sweat the more histamine you release. Try wearing loose clothing and whatever you do, do not scratch your skin.


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