You have probably experienced the sensation at one time or another. You’re riding hard in your indoor cycling class, sweating away the calories and feeling the burn, completely on top of the world. But then the class ends, the instructor praises everyone for a job well done, and you step off the bike. That’s when the nausea sets in. Sometimes, the nausea can even take hold right in the middle of your session. But what’s the cause? Why do you feel nauseous after an indoor cycling class?
The simple answer is “exercise induced nausea.” Exercise induced nausea is a condition characterized by sickness or even vomiting immediately following a rigorous exercise. It can occur not only after a cycling session, but after a long run, a step class, or just about any aerobic activity. When performing any sort of exercise, it is very important not to over-exert yourself.
One study, conducted at Nagoya University in Japan, found that volunteers had higher rates of exercise induced nausea when they exercised after a meal. The condition may also be caused—in some cases—by water logging, or overhydration. Drinking too much water immediately before, during or after a workout can you leave feeling nauseated, and in extreme cases, can even cause confusion and severe muscle tremors. So stay hydrated, but don’t overdo it.
So if you notice yourself experiencing nausea after an indoor cycling session, sit down and allow yourself a few minutes to relax. Don’t eat a big meal immediately before your session, don’t over-exert yourself, and drink water in healthy moderation. If you take these precautions but still experience nausea on a regular basis, speak to your doctor. Any rigorous exercise regimen should be approved and overseen by a medical professional, especially if you have a history of health problems.
Indoor cycling can be a fun and rewarding exercise, and if you’d like to get more involved at home, purchase one of our signature Spinner® bikes, like the Spinner® Blade or the Spinner® NXT SR. These and our other Spinning bikes will take your workouts to the next level. If you’re new to indoor cycling, check out one of our certified Spinning® classes in your area. You can use the Search form at the top of this page to find the nearest class. Be safe out there, and take control of your health today!
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