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All The Unexpected Things That Happen When You Start Working Out

Exercising can give you more energy, improve your fitness and raise your overall well-being. While we might love the way it makes us feel, not everything that goes with working out is so amazing. There are certain side-effects of working out that aren’t so pleasant and could come as a bit of a shock.

A Sweatier Life


When you start exercising, you will sweat more even when you’re not working out. Studies show the fitter you are, the sooner you’ll start sweating. It means your body is more effective at cooling you down, but it’s also gross.

A Better Sex Life


Aside from more energy and better fitness, exercising gives your sex drive a major boost. In fact, couples who workout together believe they enjoy a better sex life.

Intense Food Cravings


Suddenly you’re hungry all the time and weirdly, it’s not for fries or chocolate. Now you’re craving salads and fruit and enjoying “healthy” food way more than usual.

A Really Runny Nose


Working out can lead to an increase in runny noses. This is because in some people, exercise triggers allergic reaction symptoms like headaches, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. Or it may just be down to being outside and exposed to things that make us sneeze.

Chafing In Strange Places


Your workout gear might look great, but when mixed with sweat and rubbing against your skin during exercise, it can cause a painful rash and skin irritation. To make it worse, chafing is common in embarrassing areas such as on your nipples, inner thighs and armpits.

Strangely Itchy Legs


Your increased heart rate means more blood is flowing, causing your muscles to expand rapidly. Your nerves mistake the sensation as “itching,” causing you to feel uncomfortable. But it’s nothing to worry about.

Early Riser


Excercise doesn’t just help you fall asleep easier, you also get a better quality sleep and wake up less throughout the night. This makes getting up in the morning way easier and the more you begin to enjoy exercise, the more incentive you’ll have to get out of bed.

The Runs


Exercising can cause “runner’s diarrhea” meaning you may need multiple trips to the toilet. No one has discovered how these two things are linked, but many believe the physical movement added to any anxiety about your workout or race could contribute.

Alcohol Problems

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After a workout, you’ll start craving alcohol. Unfortunately, if you do indulge you’re likely to suffer more in the morning. People who workout get worse hangovers, with dehydration the likely cause.

Bad Feet

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Athletes foot, black toenail, blisters – there’s no end of damage exercise can do to your feet and while you might look better, your feet will almost definitely suffer. Even if you avoid other alignments, all that sweating will probably make them stink.

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