How to Avoid Feeling Dizzy When Getting Off the Treadmill

Feeling dizzy when getting off a treadmill is common and there can be a number of reasons for it. This dizziness can be a nuisance or it can be a sign of a bigger health problem. But you can usually work around it so you can keep up your treadmill workouts, even circuit workouts that include getting on and off the treadmill repeatedly.

Why do you get dizzy?

Post-treadmill dizziness is often a simple problem with a simple solution. If you feel dizzy, it's important to find out why so you can be safe (as dizziness can lead to a fall or even a fainting spell). Consider these common causes.

No cooling

Often times when you feel dizzy after getting off the treadmill, it's because you stopped too abruptly and didn't give your body a chance to cool down. Relaxing after a run gets the blood flowing throughout the body. Stopping suddenly can cause dizziness because your heart rate and blood pressure drop too fast.

Slowing down slowly allows your heart rate and blood pressure to drop gradually and safely. Monitor your heart rate and do not leave the treadmill until it slows to 100 beats per minute or less.

Band cooling

  • After the training portion of your run, decelerate the treadmill to 3.5 mph. Run slowly for 5 minutes. You should feel your heart rate and breathing slow down.
  • Slow down the treadmill to 3.0 mph and walk for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  • If your gym has time limits on the treadmill and you can't cool down for 10 minutes, make your workout short so you can walk briskly for 3-5 minutes before getting off the treadmill.
  • Finish with post-run stretches or yoga.

Motion Sickness

Another factor is that your body has been feeling a forward motion on the treadmill while the surrounding environment remains stable. He got used to this frame of reference. Like when you're on a moving sidewalk or on an escalator, it takes a moment to adjust to change. When you get off the treadmill, you return to the normal situation of your body moving around the room when you feel the movement.

Most of the time, people make this transition with just a moment of disorientation. But it may take a little longer to adjust. Just as only some people get dizzy, you may be more affected than others. If you slow down at the end of your treadmill workout, the change will be less abrupt and you will be able to tolerate it better.


Dehydration can contribute to dizziness. If you didn't drink water before and during your workout, be sure to increase your intake. This may be enough to relieve dizziness. Likewise, when and what you eat before you run can affect how you feel afterward. You may need to eat a little more, a little less, or a different type of food before running on the treadmill.

Medical Conditions

If you get dizzy after running, even after you've ruled out these other issues, something else may be going on. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

You may experience the effects of low blood sugar, anemia, high blood pressure, inner ear problems, heart disease, or drug side effects. This is good advice to do a full physical checkup to make sure you have found any underlying problems.

Treadmill Safety Reminders

Use that dizzy feeling to remind you why it is important to use the treadmill safely:

  • Always start at a slow speed before entering to prevent the balance from becoming unbalanced if it is set to start at high speed.
  • Always secure the emergency stop cord so that the treadmill will stop if you trip or pass out.
  • Make sure the belt stops before you leave the treadmill.
  • Hold on to the rails when you exit the treadmill.
  • Make sure there is nothing you can trip over when getting off the treadmill.

Safety Circuit Practice

Treadmill sessions that incorporate breaks, different positions, or exercises off the treadmill can provide a great workout and overcome some of the boredom that can arise over time on the treadmill. But you need to be very careful when doing these types of exercises, especially if you feel dizzy on the treadmill.

Breaks: Use a preset workout so you don't have to look at the console, press buttons, and make adjustments. Use fitness during each segment of your workout; if you can't, reduce the intensity, speed, or incline. Cool well and drink plenty of water.

Lateral movements: If you are doing a treadmill workout that includes lateral movements or movements other than running or walking forward, be sure to reduce the speed of the treadmill to a walking pace and hold onto the handrails before changing positions.

Circuits Outside the Treadmill: Before you leave the treadmill for weight or resistance exercise, pause the machine and make sure it is stopped. Have your weights or other equipment close by.

If you keep your heart rate high by starting resistance training quickly, you may not feel dizzy. But if you do, consider swapping out the treadmill for different cardio equipment (like a stationary bike) for this type of exercise.

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