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The body's responses to physical activity

It is important to know the difference between normal, healthy responses to activity and signs of physical distress. This can be a problem for people who are not used to being physically active.

If any of these signs of physical distress occur then it is very important to stop and rest. The symptoms will usually disappear very quickly.

However, if there is no improvement, or if the symptoms get worse, then you must seek medical attention immediately.

Signs of Physical Distress

  • Breathing too hard to be able to talk despite stopping the exercise
  • Skin becomes blue
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Unusually pale and clammy skin
  • Feeling extremely tired
  • Heartbeat feels strange or very fast

Normal Responses to Physical Activity

  • Our heart beats faster
  • Our muscles feel tired or achy
  • We breathe harder and faster
  • Our skin looks more pink
  • We feel warm and start sweating
Last Updated: September 8, 2016