ANXIETY AT THE GYM

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OCguy949
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   Posted 7/24/2007 12:13 AM (GMT -7)   
DOES ANYONE HERE FEEL ANXIETY AT THE GYM?
FOR SOME ODD REASON WHEN I DO CARDIO AND MY HEART BEAT GOES UP I GET REALLY ANXIOUS AND DIZZY.. SOMETIME I FEEL LIKE IM GOING TO PASS OUT OR IM GOING TO GET A BAD PANIC ATTACK.. THIS HAS CAUSED ME TO AVOID THE GYM.. MY GF IS REALLY UPSET B/C I HAVEN'T WORKED OUT WITH HER FOR OVER 2 MONTHS NOW AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN TO HER MY SITUATION.. SHE KNOWS I GET PANIC AND ANXIETY.. BUT DOESN'T EXPECT OR EVEN THINK I WOULD GET IT A GYM..?

ANY SUGGESTIONS?? THOUGHTS?

THANKS!

stkitt
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   Posted 7/24/2007 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning OC,

It sound like you may need to slow down your work out and not get your heart rate so high.  The high heart rate could be making you feel dizzy.  Why don't you try again but start out nice and easy?

Can you sit down with your girlfriend and explain this to her and ask her to understand.

Take care and keep posting.



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LifeChange
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   Posted 7/24/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I get anxiety at the gym. I think that the high heart rate brings you subconscious memory of anxiety attacks and then you start being scared and then you get real anxiety when before it was just a high heart rate from working out. This is what I observed in myself.

Working out is extremely important and I recommend that you go as often as possible. I know it is easier said than done, but when your heart rate goes up you have to remind yourself it's from working out and not from an anxiety attack. Fear is the main thing driving every type of anxiety, in my opinion.

HorsesHealme
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   Posted 7/24/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be your breathing.....if you are working out really hard and not breathing right (like if you are holding your breath) I would not be surprised if your body is triggering a panic attack. I don't have to go to the gym, I get to run on my hamster wheel at home but I can imagine myself in a large area around other people I would definitly hold my breath more than normal....Just a thought

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   Posted 7/24/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I can see where the elevated heart rate, while perfectly normal, could trigger an attack. Agree with all others. Maybe try some weight training so that you can work out "less aerobically" (I don't know how to say that). That way you could get used to being in the gym and gradually return to your normal routine?
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crying
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   Posted 7/25/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been through this too. I have a home gym in my basement and sometimes when my heart rate get up there, I start to think is this okay, am I going to blow a valve? Is it safe for it to be this high and then I think so much about it, It brings on an attack. I just have to tell myself it is normal over and over. I have gotten to a point where is only bothers me sometimes now. Let your girlfriend know whats going on, I am sure she wont be as mad about the truth as she would be if you dont tell her.
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/25/2007 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey, I have a hamster wheel too.  I do in this case what I preach, if I notice my heart rate getting to high , or I get short of breath, I slow down.  If I feel a flutter in my chest, I will just slow down and then gradually work back up.

The weights are a good idea, not that I have ever done them. redface

Reminder: If your on a beta blocker, it is hard to get your heart rate up to where you may want it so don't push past your limits.

Like Nike says, just do it. :-)


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   Posted 7/25/2007 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I am very impressed with all the input and great advice given

I totally agre with trying it out again but slowly

As well sitting down with yourG/F is a great thing to do so she does understand or at least can try and understand what is going on with you and what your a/p is doing

good reminder Lil sis

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