I have a quick question: Is it possible that you can be too tired to go to the gym and work out?
I go to work every morning at 7 and don't come back until 6pm. I'm always tired, even with the best caffeine supplements in the world. I want to build muscle and I'll always tell myself that I'm going to hit the gym when I get home, but then I find that I'm simply too tired to do so.
But am I really too tired or am I simply making excuses?
You shouldn't be asking yourself the question if you're too tired to exercise. The real question you need to ask yourself is how can exercise make me more energetic? You heard me – exercise can increase your energy levels, help you improve your sleep and can release "feel good" hormones that have a positive impact on your mood.
Although it might seem like it wouldn't work, experts all agree that working out can definitely lead to increased energy levels. Some recent research done by the University of Georgia concluded that simply walking around your neighborhood for 30 minutes can be much better at preventing fatigue than simply 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 work out after a long day at your job, here are 8 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 the couch feels so nice. Always bring your own gym bag to work with some workout clothes in the bag so you can be ready to hit the gym in due time.
2. Try to 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 immediately when you wake up. Obviously you're going to have to make some adaptations to your sleeping schedule, but overall you should be much more motivated to hit the gym if you find that you are a morning person. In addition to this, it will keep you energized throughout the remainder of the day.
3. Get a gym buddy
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 him down.
4. Take an after-work yoga class
When I did yoga a couple of years ago, I found that it immediately lowered my stress levels and for some odd reason, I found myself much more energetic after doing it. You'll also get a fantastic workout and will increase your flexibility as well! Yoga is an all around great tool to improve your health and energy levels.
5. Don't workout every day
Rather you've been working out for a while or you're just now starting to hit the gym, you don't need to workout every day and doing so would actually be counterproductive – especially if you're trying to build muscle.
If you workout every day, you're most likely going to notice an immediate decrease in energy levels, due to the fact that your central nervous system is being taxed too much. Going to the gym should increase your energy levels, not decrease them. Never workout more than 5 days per week.
6. 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.
7. 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 jobs, don't use this as an excuse to skip the gym. Although your mental muscles might be failing, chances are your physical muscles are completely ready for a killer gym workout.
8. Focus on the benefits
You should never view working out as a chore and think of all the negative things that it does for you. If you do this, 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 completely focusing on why you shouldn't work out, focus on the benefits to working out and think of what inspires you to do so. A few of these benefits include increased longevity, decreased risk of disease, increased metabolic rate, a better sex life, better sleeping patterns more energy and so on.
What I'm trying to get at is this: If you suffer from low energy, you shouldn't use it as an excuse not to workout, but rather as a reason to workout. Anyway, I hope the above tips help.
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