Fatigue is a major buzz kill. Today, I am tired. Yesterday was long. Life is busy. I need a good rest. I don’t want to workout. I am wiped out. What to do?
I could shut it down for the day and give my body a rest. Sometimes that is needed and I absolutely do, but I don’t ever want to use that as an excuse. Over training is a real problem for some. Recovery is something that people don’t understand. I know a collegiate athlete who does her sport every day and doesn’t rest. She gets sick more often, gains weight when she should be loosing and is drained all day long. There is something very real about rest and we will talk about that in a later blog. It is impossible to gain ground when you don’t rest. Your cells do not have time to rebuild, you place extra stress on the body and potentially throw your hormones and cortisol levels off. But this isn’t about rest. This is about the days where I know, deep down, if I get up and shake it off and get my body moving, it won’t tire me, it will energize me for the day! Most of the time, this is the case. This is the case for all of us. For most of us, our trouble isn’t working out too much, it’s getting up and getting our body moving and blood flowing enough.
This isn’t about pushing through, this is about understanding the body. I know that after I workout I will feel better, especially if I approach it with the right attitude. Attitude, cycles of thoughts, affect the outcome of your workouts. So I don’t have time to do an hour today, maybe I’ll do a quick core workout and then end the day with a quick HIIT in the living room or outside. My body, my brain, my work production and the people around me will be glad I did. After the workout, you will want to eat a great, balanced and wholesome breakfast and you will feel like a fresh, energized, happier person. Working out releases the happy hormones (endorphins) and lifts mood significantly. You may feel exhausted as you get started, but trust me, if you begin you’ll feel the energy rising and you will feel fantastic afterwards and be glad you did.
Steps to make it happen.
1. Be in routine during the week. Get to bed early, set your alarm, get up, splash water on your face and immediately put on your work out clothes. Avoid lounging in your robe or it will be harder to get going.OR if you exercise after work, pack your gym bag, water bottle, protein bar or shake. Head straight to the gym or your class, just like it’s your everyday routine and soon enough, it will be.
2. Drink a full glass of water and turn on some music you enjoy that pumps you up, focuses you and/or set’s your heart and intention for the day.
3. Begin to move. Throw a Youtube exercise video on or do some yoga and stretching and then go for a run, or hit the gym. Get your blood and energy moving.
After you are finished, your energy will be up, you will feel refreshed and you will be ready to move on and start the day.