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09 Feb 2006

Feeling Flu-ish after work out
I have been working out for about a month solid - 3 times a week- w/ 1 hour of cardio on the treadmill and then 20 minutes of weight training. Each morning thereafter I feel like I have the flu. All over body aches and nausea. Is there a chance it's connected to my working out? Could I need to be drinking more water? I drink probably 5 bottles of Aqua Fina a day.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi KAJ

It's very unlikely that it's related to drinking too much water. You don't need to drink water or anything if you are not thirsty, it's a myth that you 'need' 3 liters per day - some days, you will drink more than this because it's a hot day or you exercise a little more than usual. other days, you might drink a liter, it doesn't matter.

Getting back to your problem, it may that you are just not adapting to the training as you should be. It is certainly not unusual to feel aches and pains and nausea if you start out, because the body is not used to what it is being put through. However, at a later stage, it very quickly changes and the body adapts and you no longer feel stiff. The fact that you do suggests to me that you may not be allowing your body the chance. Perhaps what you need to do is spend one week where you train for only 40 minutes, with 10 minutes weight training, then a second week of 50 minutes with 15 minutes weights and then back up to 60 minutes with 20 minutes weights. If you find that the 40 minutes training suddenly allows you to wake up the next morning without feeling terrible, then you have your answer and you just need to lower the training volume for a while until you adapt.

One last thing to consider is that you may train in the evening, and then not eat or drink the right foods after, which means you wake up in a severely depleted state with regards to energy and nutrients. You should try to give your body every chance of recovery between training and so perhaps a meal after training needs to be looked at, but I am guessing here because I don't know your routine.

Good luck
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