Do you get dizzy when you stand up? If you do, there are some moves that might help straighten you out.
A bit of dizziness is common when people stand up from a seated or lying position too quickly. But in others, it can be a regular occurrence regardless of how quickly they move.
Initial orthostatic hypotension (IOH) is the term for a drop in blood pressure within 30 seconds of standing up from sitting or lying down. It leads to a dramatic drop in systolic blood pressure within about 15 to 30 seconds of standing up.
It usually clears up quite quickly, but it can lead to dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea, which can increase the risk of a fall (and feel very concerning).
However, a new study suggests that you might be able to retain a consistent blood pressure and eliminate the symptoms of IOH with a few moves.
To counter the effects of IOH, researchers suggest activating lower muscles just before or just after standing.
So, what does that look like? It would involve “pre-activating” the thigh muscles. While still seated, you’d basically raise each knee (one at a time) towards your trunk. Do it about 30 seconds before standing.
The other move is done for 30 seconds right after you stand up. It involves crossing one leg in front of the other and tensing lower body muscles.
Although both movements worked, the former might be better since it is done before standing. The only challenge is to remember to do it!
Of course, if you forget, you can do perform the second move.
These may help IOH, but if you’re noticing regular dizziness, nausea, or trouble with balance, it is advised to see a doctor. Those symptoms can signify something more severe at play.