Tips If You're Too Tired For The Gym | From Emi Roberti
Is it possible that you can be too tired to go to the gym and workout? This is a typical scenario that I encounter during the online and in-person consultations.
“I go to work every morning at around 8 am and don't come back until 6 pm. I'm always tired, even with the use of caffeine. If I intend to build muscle, I'll always tell myself that I'm going to hit the gym when I get home, but then I find that I'm too tired to do so.
So are you too tired to workout or are you simply making excuses?
The question should not be are you too tired to exercise. The real question you need to ask yourself is, how can exercise make me more energetic? We all know when you start training you feel better, the first 10 minutes might be hard, but as hormone levels and dopamine rises you start to feel so much better and you find energy.
All experts in this field will agree that working out can definitely lead to increased energy levels. In fact, recent research done by the University of Georgia concluded that simply walking around your neighbourhood for 30 minutes can be much better at preventing fatigue than doing absolutely nothing. Although it might feel challenging at times to hit the gym when you simply don't have the energy, the science doesn't lie.
If you feel like you're too tired to workout after a long day at work, here are some tips to help you do so:
1. Go to the gym immediately after work
Never go home first. It's pretty easy to get caught up in the reality tv shows, the friends calling you and lounging on the couch feels so nice after a hard day. Instead, bring your gym bag to work with the supplies you need so you can be ready to hit the gym straight away.
2. Workout in the morning
If you find that you're more of a morning person, it might be a good idea to go to the gym when you wake up.
Obviously, you're going to have to make some adaptations to your sleep schedule, but overall you should be much more motivated to hit the gym if you are more alert in the morning. In addition to this, working out in the morning will keep you energised throughout the whole day.
3. Get a gym partner
A great benefit of having a workout partner is that you hold yourself accountable. You know your friend is counting on you to be there for his workout, so you'll be forced to go to the gym unless you want to let them down. Having a gym partner can also spur you on and motivate you to be better.
4. Don't workout every day
Whether you've been working out for a while or you're just starting out, you don't need to workout every day. In fact, doing so would actually be counterproductive if you are adapting to a new schedule, especially if you're trying to build muscle.
5. Change into your gym clothes at work
Although it might sound silly, it actually works. Before you leave work for the day, head for the bathroom and slip on your gym clothes. It will give your body and mind the message that it's time to hit the gym and you won't make any excuses to drive home after work.
6. Know the difference between a tired mind and a tired body
Although you might have to deal with angry clients, customers or bosses at your job, don't use this as an excuse to skip the gym. Although your mental muscles might be fatigued, chances are your physical muscles are completely ready for a killer gym workout.
7. Focus on the benefits
You should never view working out as a chore, if you do, you're simply going to make excuses for yourself and besides – what could be negative about working out? Not much if you ask me.
Instead of focusing on why you shouldn't workout, focus on the benefits and think about what inspires you to do so. A few of these benefits include increased longevity, decreased risk of disease, increased metabolic rate, a better mood, better sleeping patterns more energy.
8. What are you eating during the day
If you are consuming heavy, hard to digest food during the day and have a job where you are sitting down all day this will not help. Eating clean and easily digestible food can help you get the most out of your workout. Save bigger meals for after your workouts for better food absorption.
9. Mix it up with a new training program
Having new challenges at the gym will motivate you to hit new goals and keep you interested in going back.
Hope the above tips help!