Do you feel too tired too soon during your workout? If you feel this way, then you probably fall into one of these categories. You should carefully read these categories, decide which ones you fall into, and make the appropriate countermeasure.
Sleepless Nights, Stressful Days
Even the fittest individual will eventually fold under from the physical pressure of the double whammy of stressful days and sleepless nights. Your body becomes weaker and weaker with each passing day when there’s too much physical and mental stress coming your way. You may be working in the office too much and working out too much, a combo that you may think is a good one but it isn’t in many ways.
You are also adding to your body’s stress when you skip on at least 7 hours of sleep every night. You will likely feel drowsy during your workout, perhaps even catch a nap in a quiet part of the gym. Your sleeplessness the night before transfers to your drowsiness the day after, which even a can of Full Throttle may not remedy.
The solution: Get at least 7 hours of restful sleep every night. Be sure to effectively manage your stress, too, including taking deep breaths when you’re in the middle of a stressful situation.
All Beast Mode, No Rest Mode
While being on beast mode seems appealing, especially when you want to achieve better results in a faster manner, it isn’t to your best interest. Keep in mind that when you increase the intensity of your workouts too soon and too fast, you will become more tired early in your workout. You are also giving your body reason to feel tired faster when you don’t give yourself sufficient recovery time.
In short, all beast mode and no rest mode makes Jack a tired boy! When it happens one too many times, your chances for a burnout will increase and your motivation to continue with your workout program decreases.
The solution: Change your workout plan so that you will have sufficient time for rest and recovery. Give yourself two full days of rest and engage in lighter workouts. Avoid doing successive balls-to-the wall workouts because these will make your body respond in a negative manner.
Little to No Hydration
The importance of hydration during workouts cannot be overemphasized! Without sufficient levels of fluid in your body, your blood becomes thicker so it becomes harder for your heart to pump blood into your bloodstream. Your muscles become tired and cramped faster while you experience shortness of breath due to the compromised cardiovascular functioning.
The solution: Drink more fluids, such as water and a bottle of your preferred energy drink, such as Red Bull. You will not only be getting more hydration from these beverages but you will also be doing your body a good thing. You may want to keep a bottle of water handy when you’re working out.
With Medical Conditions, No Treatment
Many medical conditions cause premature fatigue during your workouts. If you suspect one of these medication conditions, you should consult with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Allergies and asthma
These medical conditions makes breathing so much more difficult. Since your body depends on oxygen intake, you will be unable to perform your workouts to your desired 100% capacity. You will also feel tired during the early stages of your workout with the feeling of fatigue persisting for hours, perhaps even days, after your supposedly invigorating workout.
The medical condition means the blood has too few of the red blood cells that carries oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to your muscles. Anemia also limits the amount of oxygen that your body’s cells, tissues and muscles receive so your body doesn’t perform as well as expected. There are also other signs including dizziness, insomnia, and leg cramps, which will also cramp your workout style.
The fact that low thyroid function zapping your physical energy isn’t all there is to it. There’s also the fact that thyroid issues, such as hypothyroidism, also contributes to weight gain, muscle pain, and depression. These are issues that will affect the effectiveness of your workout plan, too, such as when you feel too lethargic to even lift a finger, much less weights.
Your feelings of fatigue during your workout have many underlying reasons. But you can start determining the possible reasons with these four common causes of premature fatigue.
You are also well-advised to keep a fatigue diary where you can note down what you ate and drank, what exercises you performed, and what you felt before, during and after your workout. You will then have an easier time identifying the cause for your tiredness when you should be feeling alert and awake.