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Why Do I Feel Nauseous When I Work Out in the Morning?

Feel Like Being Sick When You Work Out in the Morning? Here's Why

We were just chatting with celeb trainer Jason Wimberly about the benefits of a morning workout — in fact, Wimberly believes there's no better time to work out than the early morning (for a number of reasons!). But if you've ever done early morning cardio yourself, chances are you've experienced some mid-workout nausea on occasion. WTH?

If this has happened to you, he has an explanation . . . and advice on how to kick it! The creator of WIMBERLEAN — who happens to train the likes of Jane Lynch, Selma Blair, and Katya from RuPaul's Drag Race — is no stranger to 6 a.m. sweat sessions, and the potential sick stomach that can come with it.

"If you're doing cardio in the morning on an empty stomach, you'll have a tendency to get really nauseous from that," Wimberly told POPSUGAR. "That's the bile in your stomach — all the acids that are in your tummy after being empty all night — they bounce around. That's what makes you nauseous and feel like you're going to throw up." Yucky. But now what?

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This is one (big) reason to get up a little earlier to prepare for your AM workout. "Early morning workouts do require some sort of energy," said Wimberly. "You can't just roll out of the house having not eaten. One of the best things I suggest for clients is an apple in the morning; it has the perfect amount of sugar — with fibre, so your blood sugar doesn't go too high — and a little bit of everything to get you going."

It's normal to not feel hungry in the morning, but even a half an apple can make a difference with your mid-workout nausea. "You don't need a full meal! I suggest oatmeal, a yogurt, or even just an apple. You don't want to be full, but you do need something to perform well."

You might be thinking, "But what about fasted cardio?" We were wondering the same. "Fasted workouts can be beneficial for the regulation of your system and is sort of cleansing in a way," said Wimberly, "But if you're doing intense training and your heart rate is going to be at a max, you need calories in your body, otherwise you can't perform at optimal levels."

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