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Workout Warning Signs

In general all the blood, sweat, and tears are signs of a good workout — well maybe not blood, but you get the idea. There are, however, a few things that you should take as warning signs of something potentially more dangerous when working out. A few aches and pains are nothing, but here are signals that should raise a red flag:

  • Fainting
  • An unusually rapid heartbeat
  • Experiencing a severe headache
  • Having difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain, chest pressure, and/or chest tightness

If you suddenly experience any of the above during exercise then it's a good idea to consult your doctor immediately as they can be a sign of heart disease, asthma, or just that you drank too much coffee before hitting the gym. Regardless, there is no harm in getting it checked out.


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porkypocky porkypocky 9 years
I have asthma, and being short of breath/chest pains is kind of normal for me. i just stop and walk it off, then keep going. if i just took it easy i wouldn't get anything done...haha :\ my stamina does improve over time, though.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks Fit.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks Fit.
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