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How long does it take you to recover from an hour workout?

Asked by NaturalMineralWater (11257 points ) November 2nd, 2009

Today I did some basic exercises (pushups, crunches, flutterkicks, etc) then did a short run and a few sprints. The whole workout lasted about an hour. The sad part is.. I felt nauseous/beat for a half hour or more afterward. I would understand if I was totally out of shape.. but I exercise at least 4 times a week.. and have for some time. How long does it take you to recover from a similar hour workout? Is it just dehydration? What could cause this?

I also noticed that when I have run for about half an hour doing sprints or just running hard that I feel this strange pressure in my ear.. almost like my ear needs to pop..not really sure how to describe it. Is this typical?

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Judi's avatar

You might want to try having something to eat an hout beore your workout.

erichw1504's avatar

Everybody’s body is different and how well you take care of it depends on how physically fit and easily one can exercise. In your case, what did you do differently during, before, and afterward with exercise period? Dehydration is a common problem most people have with exercising, make sure you drink enough before, during and after. Also, you can push yourself everytime, but make sure you don’t go too far.

Can’t help you with the ear problem, maybe you should consult your doctor.

BraveWarrior's avatar

Maybe you need a “cool down” period at the end of your exercise? I do a few minutes of slower walking followed by a few minutes of stretches, which brings my heart rate down gradually.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@all Well I’m usually in a perpetual state of dehydration, but that much hasn’t changed. (Until they make a beer that tastes like beer but has mysterious uber-hydration properties.)

I suppose I asked because I’m doing the same exercise that a large group of people are doing and they don’t seem to be nearly as beat up by it. Am I just getting old? Cripes.. I’m only 30.. lol..

Do you feel as if you’re out of shape even if you’re in shape just by having a good workout? Is that how it works? XD

Facade's avatar

I’m recovered by the time I walk to the parking lot, but that’s only because my body is used to hard workouts. Try hydrating regularly and eating before and after you workout.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater Did you thoroughly hydrate prior to your workout? Generally, I drink
at least 16oz of water before a half hour workout. During the hour workout, you will need to hydrate again during a 10–20sec rest.

If you are knowingly out of shape, either cut the workout time down or take a Tylenol or Advil before and after to help reduce swelling.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@Facade Well that’s the peculiar thing. I’ve done the same type of workout for years now… I wouldn’t have thought it could change this drastically so fast. I’ve never really hydrated before.. after.. during.. lol… I know I need to.. but I never did before and I was fine. I guess science is catching up with me.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater As for the “ear pressure”...do you suppose you may have a sinus infection or blockage? I’m finally getting over mine and it was difficult getting through my normal work out due to the pressure and the lack of adequate oxygen.

Facade's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater Poor habits can definitely catch up to you

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@SpatzieLover I guess it’s possible.. but if that’s so than I have some kind of chronic condition for it to happen so often. Damn.

@Facade No way! I could smoke 100 packs of cigarettes a day and live to be 200!!!

SpatzieLover's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater do you really smoke? or was that a joke?

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@SpatzieLover I thought I was facetious enough. Yes, it was a joke. =D

SpatzieLover's avatar

@NaturalMineralWater I know people that really mean that when they say it…a couple of ‘em are already dead! ;)

Darwin's avatar

When I first started working out again last year, an hour-long workout would leave me totally wiped for several hours, and not really back to normal until the next day. Now a much harder workout doesn’t seem to faze me. I can finish up at the gym and head off to the grocery store, no problem.

It can’t be that you are getting old – I am a whole bunch older than you are – but it could be you are out of shape.

But you’re getting better!

MacBean's avatar

After a workout like that, recovery wouldn’t be an option. I would be dead.

nebule's avatar

after five months of working out 5 times a week for an hour at pretty much maximum burn rate, I recover pretty quickly I’d say within about ten minutes… but that IS of course working the same muscles I’ve been working on for months… or there abouts (I throw in something new every week once a week)... now I’m thinking I’m not pushing myself enough…damn

Judi's avatar

I think it’s funny that someone with a name like @NaturalMineralWater might be dehydrated. :-)

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

@Judi Finally someone caught me. XD Actually when I joined Fluther I was very well hydrated and I happened to have just such a hydration liquid sitting right beside me. Go figure. Perhaps I should rename myself to PerpetuallyDehydrated.

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