Overcoming Workout Fatigue: How to Get in the Game

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Workout fatigue is very common, especially for those who have busy schedules and struggle to balance their priorities. You may be asking yourself frequently, “I’m just too tired to exercise. What can I do to get/stay in shape?”

But for a moment, consider flipping the question around and changing your perception of exercise. Instead, ask yourself,How can exercise increase my energy levels and help me get through my busy day? Exercise has a special benefit of releasing endorphins and increasing one’s energy levels and endurance. But if you’re just too tired to get up and move, consider the tips below.

Tips for Defeating Workout Fatigue

Exercise in the Morning

Your energy levels naturally deplete as the day goes on, especially if you have a job that takes a lot of mental or physical work. Instead, try moving your workout to the morning! You may just gain the energy and stamina you need to get you through your day, and you won’t have to worry about feeling too tired to work out in the evening hours.

Work Out with a Partner

Exercising alongside a workout buddy or loved one can be a great way to boost your energy levels. While you exercise, you can talk, catch-up and feed off of each’s others energy. It’s also a great way to stay motivated and accountable.

Drink Plenty of Water and Fill-up on Energy-dense Foods

The food and drinks you put into your body have a large effect on your energy levels. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day (try to aim for at least 64 fluid ounces) and eat lots of energy-dense foods. Whole foods rich with vitamins, nutrients and protein will fuel-you up for the day and keep your body running at its best.

Take an After-work Yoga or Pilates Class

Yoga and Pilates may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to exercise, but they count! These workouts involve a lot of strength training, muscle toning and flexibility work. Plus, when you’ve had a long and excruciating day, Yoga or Pilates may be just the thing you need to de-stress and wind down.

Be Strategic with How Often You Work Out

If you’re putting the pedal to the metal day-in and day-out, of course you’re going to experience exercise fatigue. Instead of exercising each and every day, try breaking up your routine and allowing yourself rest days. You’ll likely notice your energy levels increase and your eagerness to exercise become greater.

It’s normal to feel burnout and fatigue if you’re trying to manage your weight with physical fitness. Just remember, you can accomplish anything if you’re strategic with your plan and adapt your routine to your personality, likes and interests.