News / Events

Are you to tired to exercise?

Too tired to exercise! Youíve had a long, hard day at the office and youíre ready to head home and collapse in front of the TV. You promised yourself you could do a 30 minute workout but feel too exhausted to even think about it. Does this sound like a familiar situation? Two of the most common reasons people give for not working out are lack of time and fatigue. After all, a long day taking care of family or working at the office takes time and energy. Unfortunately, you still need exercise for both fitness and relaxation. What can you do to motivate yourself when you are too tired to workout?

  • Have you check your iron levels checked?

If you already exercise and find youíre approaching your daily workout with excessive fatigue and lack of motivation, see your doctor and have your iron level checked. Your doctor can do a blood test called a ferreting level which measures your bodyís stores of iron. Aerobic exercise can cause slow depletion of iron levels with iron being lost through sweating and through leakage of small amounts into the gut with sustained movements. Plus, it's not uncommon for women of child bearing age to be iron deficient. If youíre iron deficient, iron supplementation may make all the difference in your energy levels and your attitude towards exercise.

  • Exercise when you awaken in the morning?

If you feel tired and less motivated to exercise in the evening, try setting your alarm thirty minutes early and get your exercise session out of the way before the day starts. An early morning exercise session can help to energize and motivate you for the rest of the day. Plus, you can look forward to an evening of relaxation knowing you have accomplished your goal. This can be a simple solution to the problem of being too tired to work out.

  • Do it anyway?

Sometimes the best cure for fatigue is a vigorous exercise session. Have you ever noticed how you can walk into the health club exhausted but after 15-30 minutes of motion you feel energized and invigorated? There is nothing like exercise to get your blood flowing and zap fatigue. If it is difficult for you to get motivated to make that trip to the club, promise yourself a small reward after you finish your session if you follow through. Just make sure it's not a jelly donut!

  • Lighten up your workout. Change your exercise format? 

On nights that youíre too tired to workout, follow a lighter, less rigorous routine. To motivate yourself to take the first step, tell yourself you'll only exercise for 10-20 minutes. After 10 minutes have elapsed chances are youíll feel so invigorated that youíll want to keep going.

If you feel fatigued with a lack of motivation towards exercise on a particular evening, change your workout entirely and substitute something fun. Instead of walking 30 minutes on the treadmill at the club, take your dog for a brisk walk or do thirty minutes of stretches while you watch your favorite T.V show. You can get back on schedule the next time you exercise and the variety will be good for you both physically and mentally.

Give these tips a try and soon you will no longer need the old excuse of being too tired to workout. Plus, youíll look and feel like a new person.