Feel Tired During or After Your Workout?
Happy Monday Squadies! One of the BEST benefits of working out is the energy it gives you. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably heard me talk about how ENERGIZED working out makes me feel. Once we start moving, our hearts pump faster, helping the blood circulate through our bodies, bringing more clarity and ENERGY. But what if you don’t feel that energy and clarity but instead, feel tired during or after your workout? First off, you SHOULD NOT be feeling tired during or after your workout. Feeling tired often has effects on your progress and your results. You begin seeing results when you PUSH the lean limits. If you’re feeling tired, you WILL hit your limit a lot sooner and will not be getting the most out of your workout.
How do we go about turning this around?There are many reasons why you might be feeling tired during or after your workout. For the most part, this tiredness can be pointing to a health issue or something that is effecting your health in another area of your life. This can be something as simple as dehydration or can be something more serious, such as depression or anemia. Today I will be going through some of the possible causes for your tiredness during or after a workout and how you can begin to feel energized again!
HydrationYou’ve heard it all before - staying hydrated is a SUPER important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies are mostly made up of water, as we need it for our body to function properly. Without enough of it, we can experience symptoms such as nausia, dizziness, irritability and you guessed it, tiredness or fatigue! Make sure to drink plenty of water BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER your workout, especially before and after.
SleepHaving the proper amount of sleep is super important. Lack of sleep can cause both short term and sometimes long term problems, especially if you are consistently lacking sleep. One of the common short term side effects of lack of sleep is, of course, tiredness, fatigue, and grogginess! All of these symptoms can have a negative impact on your workout and can cause us to feel exhausted either during or after your workout. Typically, we need around 7-8 hours of sleep a night! If you are someone who lives a busy life and finds it hard to get a decent amount of sleep, try coming up with a nighttime routine. Having a routine can be a huge help in getting to sleep fast and waking up feeling refreshed! You can also check out how I wake up early and stay productive and get more tips on a better sleep HERE. With the fall season beginning, now is a great time to start implementing a new routine to carry us through the fall and winter months, helping us stay energized and feeling our best despite the cold weather!
DietThe foods we put into our bodies greatly affect the way that we FEEL! When it comes to the foods that we eat, there are so many factors that play a role in how we are feeling such as WHAT we eat, HOW much or little, and WHEN we choose to eat. Our bodies NEED the proper nutrients in order to function properly. If we are eating tons of sugar and processed foods we will be left feeling fatigue and tiredness. If we are eating too much or too little, this can also cause us to feel tired. Eating too many heavy foods forces your body to use up its energy to digest the food. Eating too little leaves out bodies with nothing to absorb and use as fuel for energy. If you are feeling tired AFTER your workout, this could have to do with your post-workout meal. Did you eat enough? Did you incorporate healthy carbs and proteins to fuel your muscles?!
How do we fix this?!This one is not so much of an easy fix since it can be a variety of different things within your diet. The best thing for you to do is look at your diet and answer these questions:
- Do I eat enough healthy foods throughout the day, foods that will give my body the macronutrients it needs?
- Do I eat TOO much throughout the day? Are these foods processed carbs or high in sugar?
- Do I eat the proper foods (healthy carbs, protein, and fats after my workout?