It is not uncommon to find that you are feeling nauseous after engaging in some form of physical activity. In many cases, feeling nauseous after physical activities can be a sign that you are dehydrated. It may very well be that your body is just not getting enough water before and during physical activities, feeling nauseous can be a telling symptom of dehydration. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help avoid feeling nauseous after physical activities.
First, to avoid dehydration, you should be consuming at least 2 cups of water around 2 hours before you participate in physical activities. Then, you should drink another 2 cups of water around 20 minutes before you begin. During they physical activity, you should try to keep a water bottle handy. You should consume around a half a cup of water for every ten to fifteen minutes that you are engaged in physical activity. By following these guidelines you should avoid dehydration.
It is also important to keep your body full of nutrients before engaging in physical activities. You should not do physical activities on an empty stomach. On the other hand, you shouldn’t do them right after you eat, either. During the physical activity, your body will cause fluids to move away from your muscles into your gastrointestinal tract so that you can digest your food. Ideally, you will want to wait about 1-2 hours after eating before you engage in strenuous physical activity. For this reason, you should also avoid eating during physical activity. The size of the meal that you eat will determine the time you should wait. If you have a light meal or a meal replacement drink, you should wait an hour. If you have a regular meal, you should wait about two hours. If you eat a heavy meal or overindulge, you should try to wait at least three hours before starting your physical activity.
Eating sweets like candy or drinking pop just before or during physical activity can also cause you to feel nauseous. Your blood sugar can drop after an insulin rise, and result in fatigue or nausea. Try to wait at least an hour after having any form of sweets before you begin your exercise routine.
If you have tried these tips and still feel nauseous after physical activities, you should discuss the problem with your health care provider. She may be able to check to see if there is some other cause for your nausea, or recommend ways to keep from becoming nauseous.