Too tired? Too weak for a (tougher) workout routine?
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Unless you are avoiding all communications media, you know that exercise is important for maintaining both physical and mental well-being.
If you work out regularly, you either love it or you at least value these benefits. If you don't exercise because you feel too tired or weak to start, you've got a Catch-22 situation: feel tired and don’t exercise and you’ll probably continue to feel tired!
Exercise actually invigorates, so if you can break that cycle, you'll feel more energized.
So what can you do if you are consistently too tired or weak to work out?
1. Start small and sneaky - just a few minutes of exercise (climb stairs, walk somewhere fast, flurry of housework) pumps oxygen into your system, which will make you feel more awake and possibly more alive.
2. If you are chronically tired and irritable, lose your appetite, or experience recurring colds and infections, have a doctor check your iron levels. We lose iron through sweating, and the non-carnivores among us may not be taking in enough to replace it.
3. If you can handle mornings, try working out early, even once or twice a week, before work, family, or other distractions call you away. Maybe you already do! It may mean going to sleep and getting up earlier, but when I do this, I'm always glad I did!
Some quick morning workouts are here, here, and here.
Exercising before breakfast (fasted training) apparently facilitates weight loss and glucose tolerance. Added bonus - you get to relax this evening!
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5. Check your non-exercise habits! Being too tired may stem from various sources, so once you rule out medical conditions, be sure you are:
- Getting enough sleep
- Drinking enough water
- Taking breaks during the day
- Minimizing stress
- Eating healthful food.
6. Here are some additional tips on overcoming workout tiredness.
7. If you are ill or injured, better to try some expert advice on when to skip the workout. And some further suggestions from the Lazy Runner on pushing yourself (good) vs overtraining (bad).
Next (and last?) excuse: I'm totally unmotivated
More excuse-busting articles at:
- AskTheTrainer - a site loaded with nutrition & exercise ideas
- Woman's Day - more replies to the I-can't-exercise excuses
- ESPN-w: with beginner tips, machine-free cardio workouts, and other tips
- The secret to sticking with exercise
- A *super* motivational Facebook site (many of the quotes here are from that site!)