Keep Your Dizzy, Gassy, Achy Body in Check at the Gym

Our expert shows you how to combat the four worst problems that derail your progress in the gym.



If we lived in a perfect world, the gym would pay us to train and it’d take tremendous effort to lose six-pack abs. Unfortunately, that’s not how things go. And so we find ourselves dealing with imperfections before, during, and after our workouts. While many of the annoyances we encounter have simple remedies, we often look past them and jump to more complex solutions.

To help reel us back to basics, we turned to Dr. Felicia Stoler, a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and member of the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, to give us easy fixes to four common problems we face while exercising.

Problem #1: You're Gassy

Gas, farts, toots, stinky sneezes — whatever you call them, most of us have been guilty of letting a few go. (Mila Kunis being the exception; there’s no way she’s ever blown a butt trumpet.) Thing is, if you’ve recently changed your diet — as in you’re now eating much cleaner than you were — being gassy isn’t necessarily abnormal.

Dr. Stoler Says …

“People who begin to eat fruits, veggies, beets, beans, legumes, and other higher-fiber foods when they haven’t been doing so are often like, ‘Wow, I feel like I’m exploding!’ I’ve even heard people say they can’t eat veggies because they don’t agree with [their digestive systems], but that’s like saying you can’t eat because you’ll have a bowel movement.”

The Cure: Weather the Storm

Find calmer airspace to relieve yourself until the turbulence passes. The longer you eat clean, the more your body will adapt. “Give yourself time to adjust; it’ll usually go away,” she says. You can also keep a food journal, noting which foods tend to make you gassier than others. That’ll help you decide when you should plan on going into quarantine. However, if the gas comes with abdominal pain, weight loss, fever, or constipation, it might be something more serious. In those cases, schedule a doctor’s appointment.