What can you do if you’re too tired to workout?
(P.S. I’ve added a podcast at the end of this post where I talk about how to stop feeling tired all the time. Check it out after reading.)
There’s many reasons you could be tired, and I will start by listing a few for you. The most important thing to do is find out WHY you are tired and try to fix the underlying reason. If that doesn’t work, move on to step 2 later in this article.
Check your sleep pattern. Are you getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night? It’s critical to get that deep REM sleep each night to feel refreshed in the morning.
Check your diet. Are you eating heavy foods too close to your workout time? Pre-workout foods should consist of little to no fat or fiber, have to keep the body clear of all digestion during your workout or you will feel sluggish.
Check your timing. Are you working out at the correct time? Maybe an earlier workout will be best for you? I know waking up at 3-4am doesn’t sound great, but you will have much more energy the rest of the day if you get your workout done early. I promise… your metabolism will be on fire for the day, endorphins will be racing, your mental clarity will be high and you will get more done during the day. Try it for a few days and see what you think. I still hate waking up at 3am to this day, but once I’m finished it feels great… I just try and get to sleep earlier the night before to compensate.
What if you’ve checked all those, and either you can’t change the problem (lack of sleep is usually the hardest) or you just don’t want to? Then you need to think about a pre-workout shake. The one I use is called Energize. You can also drink a cup of coffee, just be cautious of what you put in the coffee. There are also several other pre workout drinks on the market, but be careful about the artificial ingredients, especially when you can’t pronounce them when you pick up the bottle. Energize doesn’t make me feel like I’m a crack head with high blood pressure, it just gives me some much needed energy to get through a tough workout.
I hope this has helped you with that “I’m too tired to workout” excuse, I know it did mine. But I have to revisit this often, and maybe you do too. It’s a continuous struggle!