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When you should stop exercising

You always need to be aware of the way your body responds to what you are doing.


If you have any of the symptoms listed here, stop exercising and call your health care provider.

This will tell you if you are working at a level that is good for you. This is especially true if you are not used to exercising on a regular basis.

Stop exercising if you have or feel:

  • dizzy or lightheaded
  • nausea and vomiting
  • cold sweat
  • shortness of breath that makes talking difficult
  • unusual fatigue or extreme exhaustion
  • fainting or black-out spells
  • your heart is skipping beats or is becoming irregular
  • chest pain or pressure, tightness, heaviness, an unusual ache (including the neck, jaw or arm)
  • joint or muscle pain
  • visual disturbances
  • numbness/tingling in your arms or legs.


Source: Allina Patient Education, Prediabetes: Reducing Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through a Lifestyle of Good Nutrition and Activity, first edition, dia-ahc-94403

First published: 04/02/2009
Last updated: 04/02/2009

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts