Has This Happened to You? Five Weird Side Effects of Exercise

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise brings with it several benefits: weight control, better physical health and improved mood, just to name a few. Dr. Paul Thompson, a Providence cardiologist, points out that there are also dangers to exercise, particularly among those that are normally sedentary, such as sudden heart attack.

While you can easily find information on both the benefits and the risks of different types of exercise, it's more difficult to find information on the side effects of physical movement. There are things that happen to the body during exercise that people don't always talk about. Here are five of them:

1. Passing Gas
The embarrassment of passing gas during yoga class has been experienced by many. According to Alice Burron, MS, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, this is a common phenomenon and one that shouldn't cause you to turn red in the face. Doing any sort of core exercise can build pressure in your middle and contracting your stomach muscles increase your chance of breaking wind. To help avoid this from happening to you, steer clear of broccoli, beans and greasy foods before your class.

2. Runny Nose
It's not unusually for people to experience a runny nose when they exercise. Why? Because exercise stimulates the part of your nervous system that controls glandular secretion, including your mucus glands. If you have allergies, consider exercising during the early morning or late evening hours when pollen counts are at their lowest.

3. Ear Popping
For some people, exercise brings about annoying ear popping. As your body tries to maintain its internal pressure, air is moved through the Eustachian tubes in your ears. When there is a sudden shift in pressure, you're ears will pop. This is a common occurrence for swimmers, divers and even runners. To help prevent this from happening to you, consider chewing gum during your workout, yawning frequently and staying hydrated.

4. Headache
"Not now, honey, I have a headache" isn't a common excuse to avoid exercise, but it could be. Many men in their twenties experience headaches that can last as long as two days after exercise. This may be attributed to the fact that these young men are more likely to work out with weights, putting stress on the upper back, neck and shoulders. This extra stress, in turn, can lead to headaches. To reduce the chance of an exercise-induced headache, be sure to warm up and cool down properly and to drink plenty of water.

 5. Incontinence
Incontinence during exercise is most commonly experienced by women. In fact, close to one in three women will "leak" while exercising. To curb the wetness in your shorts, try practicing Kegel exercises or speaking with your doctor. There may be surgical interventions and medications available to help you.
Very few people will admit to the embarrassing things that can happen during exercise, preferring to focus on the health aspects of physical movement. If any of the above has happened to you, you aren't alone. If you pass gas or pee your pants, just grin and shrug; chances are it’s happened to the person next to you at least once.

Edmund Taylor is a guest blogger for ephedraoutlet.com. If you are trying to lose weight, check out other articles he's written.

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  1. Kailas3:03 PM

    Exercises, like running or sit-ups, can push your stomach contents up into your esophagus, resulting in acid reflux and heartburn.

  2. Exercise stimulates secretions of your body's glands, including mucus glands in your nose.
    Drink fluids every 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Expert3:08 PM

    when you start a workout program, build the intensity slowly, exercise regularly and maintain proper nutrition.

  4. Guruji3:08 PM

    before you start an exercise regimen, you need to make sure there are no underlying health issues that could cause problems

  5. That's a great and informative post, Good to know that these are such common occurrences.


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