5 Nasty Side Effects Of Working Out – And How To Fix Them
If you’ve decided to get back into shape then congratulations! Your lungs, heart and mind will thank you for it. Working out often leaves you feeling fitter, calmer and healthier. However, there some nasty parts which your physician probably didn’t tell you about. You may remember British runner Paula Radcliffe, who went for an emergency toilet stop before going on to win the 2005 London Marathon.
Over at Men’s Fitness, it has five gross side effects of working out and also offers up some tips on what to do if trouble strikes:
Why it happens: The vibrations of the body, the increased metabolism, and the motility that occur once you start to run can all lead to one thing: diarrhea, says Scott Weiss, C.S.C.S., an exercise physiologist. This can happen for for a slew of different reasons. A few possible ones: Exercise increases the activity in your intestines, plus your body diverts energy to your legs to keep you moving—leaving them with less blood flow.
Subungual Hematoma (AKA When Your Toenails Bleed And Fall Off)
Why it happens: Blame the pressure of running and distance, improperly fitting shoes, too thick of a sock, or the architecture of your feet, says Weiss.
Make it stop: “A lot of athletes ignore their feet,” says Weiss. Think about it: Your first move post-long run probably isn’t for a pedicure. But cutting your toenails, icing your feet (to stop them from swelling—which can worsen the condition), and bandaging up can go a far way in the toenail department.
Make sure to check out the article above so you can minimize your chances of injury from working out. There are also plenty of products out there on websites such as Amazon or eBay that can help prevent these unwanted side effects.
About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.