106th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra2237241231929448 Tamil Nadu118594711161636 Delhi102831742173165 Gujarat37636267441978 Uttar Pradesh2996819627313 Telangana2761216287313 Karnataka2681511100417 West Bengal2383715790804 Rajasthan2140416575472 Andhra Pradesh211979745252 Haryana1799913645279 Madhya Pradesh1562711768622 Bihar12525933898 Assam12523833016 Odisha10097670354 Jammu and Kashmir89315399143 Punjab67494554175 Kerala5895345228 Chhatisgarh3415272814 Uttarakhand3230262143 Jharkhand3018210422 Goa190311568 Tripura171612481 Manipur14307710 Himachal Pradesh107876410 Puducherry104351714 Nagaland6443030 Chandigarh4924017 Arunachal Pradesh270922 Mizoram1971390 Sikkim125650 Meghalaya94432
Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 04 Jul 2016 Don’t push beyond ...

Don’t push beyond limits: How not to overdo your excercises

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DR RS CHANDRA SEKHAR
Published Jul 4, 2016, 7:02 am IST
Updated Jul 4, 2016, 7:02 am IST
What causes a black out while a person is part of an endurance sport and steps one must take next.
keep on running: Participants running a marathon
 keep on running: Participants running a marathon

Last decade has seen a phenomenal surge in the number of people who workout and train. Endurance sports i.e. marathons, cycling, running, have become hugely popular. Not only health benefits; but for some adrenaline junkies, the high of crossing a finish line, beating a record, or surpassing a personal goal, is their daily fix. In this race to cross finish lines, people sometimes forget where to draw a line for themselves.

Occasionally we come across sudden deaths in marathons, which are almost always due to preexisting undiagnosed cardiac conditions.  Of a common occurrence is “Vasovagal Syncope” (black-out). Simply put, syncope is sudden loss of consciousness caused by reduced blood supply to the brain. Immediate action is to lay the person on a flat surface and elevate lower limbs above the level of the heart. Consciousness is often regained within 5 minutes. In the meantime, never attempt to make the unconscious or semiconscious person drink any fluids as this can be dangerous, fluid may enter windpipe leading to choking.

 

Often, syncope is preceded by warning signs i.e. light-headedness, sweating, blurred vision.  It is prudent not to ignore these symptoms; listening to your body’s needs could end up saving a fall and injury.  Stopping activity and lying on a flat surface with your lower limbs placed on the chest wall (fetal position), leads to immediate recovery. Ensure to see your doctor and get full evaluation to rule out any heart problem.

Exercise should make one healthier and happier, but overdoing it could be counter-productive. By setting unrealistic goals, one often sets themselves for failure before even trying. Whilst challenging the body improves performance, problem starts when one pushes beyond limits and ignoring body’s warning signs. There is a desire to achieve too much too soon. Caught up in this whirlpool, runners start piling on the miles and increase pace quickly. Training plans are altered, diet, cross training, rest and recovery are compromised. Human body cannot sustain against such an onslaught for prolonged periods of time. Eventually, it starts to give up, leading to injuries, damage to bone joint muscles, or even worse.

Pushing one’s self beyond the acceptable limits of the body, and training without rest and recovery could lead to “over training syndrome” where all the benefits of exercise cease. Heart rate and blood pressure rise, with deterioration in sports performance, loss of appetite and weight, reduced sleep, chronic fatigue, mood swings and depression, requiring complete stoppage and gradual re-introduction of training. After all, everything in life is good in moderation.

...




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT