Post workout reaction day after exercising?

Hi All,

I haven't been on the site for a long time...after working two jobs for many years, I realized I've gotten very out of shape. I was concerned about returning to a regular exercise routine so I hired a personal trainer to guide me. The first work out went well. I had the usual muscle aches from working out, was a bit tired, but otherwise was fine.

So, the trainer suggested I do more on our next session. The day after the second session I felt sick...was tired, achy, nauseous, had a headache, etc. I wasn't sure if it was a reaction or if I was just ill...the symptons all fit having low blood pressure.

Has anyone experienced a drop in their blood pressure after moderate or heavy exercise? 

My trainer said I just need more fluids. I suggested I needed a slightly more gradual ramp up.


Does anyone have any comments or ideas? Thanks.




by doublehorn48 - 2021-04-25 11:01:12

I would think you just might be ill.  When I exercise, and I think this is most people, my blood pressure drops.  But it doesn't crash.  You stated you were trying to get back into shape.  I would think you would want to ease back into exercise.  You can run for an hour before you need to drink fluids.  I would listen to myself more than a trainer.  You are your best coach.  Remember the saying, it's easier to stay in shape than get in shape.

Good luck


Post exercise symptoms

by Gemita - 2021-04-25 12:10:30


Yes I would trust yourself more than your trainer, but I would also have a word with your doctors and explain to them how you felt after exercising and that you believed your blood pressure may have dropped suddenly.  Explain to them that you were very concerned about your symptoms.  They may want to monitor you to see what your blood pressure, heart rate and heart rhythm are doing over a 24 hour or longer period while you do normal things.  That is the only way you are going to find out what is going on.  You could monitor yourself of course, but it is better if this is done by your doctors.

I do suffer from sudden blood pressure drops and surges, but in my case it is mainly due to heart rhythm irregularities, although I have a naturally low blood pressure most of the time, even struggling to increase it during vigorous exercise.

Your doctors may want to carry out some checks of your pacemaker to see whether any of your settings could be responsible for the symptoms you experienced post exertion.  Since you are only just getting back to an exercise regime, I would take more care, know your limits with your heart condition and with the settings as they are set up on your pacemaker.  It maybe that you would be safer asking your pacemaker team for advice on building up a safe exercise programme.  You could even ask whether a Treadmill test could be carried out to make sure that your pacemaker settings are adequate for you as you try to increase your activities.  Something is clearly not right from your symptoms, so please let your doctors know and hopefully you can get this sorted.  Good luck Susan


by sfp1 - 2021-04-25 13:48:14

Thanks Doublehorn and Gemita. I appreciate your insight and feedback.


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