One of the most common reasons I hear people say why they don’t exercise is that they are too tired. The other one is that they don’t have time. I am here to bust the old “I’m too tired to exercise” excuse, and help you add regular exercise to your lifestyle. You can read my post about not having time to exercise here.
If you ask an adult what they want more than anything, many of them will say sleep. A lot of people complain about being tired all the time and having no energy. I completely get this. To help you understand how much I get this, here is a snapshot of my life.
I have a husband and two small children, ages 5 and 2. My daughter goes to kindergarten and she does dance classes and Girl Scouts. She likes to do crafts, has homework every night, and loves to play outside. My son goes to gymnastics, music class, and library class. He is a typical boy, always on the move and getting into everything. I am a full-time middle school teacher, who brings home a lot of work. I teach 4 fitness classes per week. I write this blog and manage my nutrition clients. I clean my house, do laundry, and cook dinner regularly. Okay, I could go on and on with the details of my life, but I won’t. My point is that I know what it’s like to feel tired. I am you.
I know what it’s like to feel tired, and I have a crazy busy life just like you, yet I manage to exercise five days a week every week. Without fail. So that means that you can do this too. That must mean you are NOT really too tired to exercise. So what’s really the deal?
Let’s talk about the possibility that you might truly be too tired to exercise. The first thing you need to figure out is why. There are two possibilities here, one being that you are tired because of your lifestyle choices, or the other being you are tired because of something going on inside your body, like a medical issue. Let’s start by looking at the possibility that your choices are making you tired.
If you feel tired all the time, it may be because of the choices you are making. If this is the case, it’s a good thing, because that means you have control over it and can change it. It’s time to analyze your lifestyle and daily habits to see what may be causing you to be so tired.
Not enough sleep
Are you staying up way too late at night? Are you not getting enough sleep? Most adults still need 7-8 hours of sleep each night, even if you don’t think you do. I know that I don’t function well at all unless I get 7 hours, but 8 is even better. If you find yourself falling asleep during the day, or feeling extremely tired, your body is trying to tell you something. It’s trying to tell you that you need to get more rest at night so that it can function better during the day. Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier every night for a week and see what happens. The next week, try to go to bed 30 minutes earlier. Keep doing this until you get to that magic 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night.
Poor nutrition choices
The foods you eat directly affect how your body feels. If you eat fattening food, greasy food, and foods high in sugar, you are going to feel like crap, plain and simple. You will feel lethargic, heavy, and you got it, tired. Keep a food journal for a week and look at your food choices. Where could you make some improvements? Replace your unhealthy choices with healthier choices and see what happens to your energy levels. I bet you will notice a difference. See these posts for some healthy eating ideas:
If you feel tired all the time, but you eat well and get enough sleep, then something else may be going on. The only thing to do here is to go see your doctor, and don’t stop until you get an answer. No one should feel that tired all the time for no reason. Is there a medication you are on that is making you feel that way? Can it be switched to a different one? Maybe you need to be tested for an autoimmune disease. You should not go through your life feeling too exhausted to do anything and enjoy yourself.
Okay, so here is the truth about being too tired to exercise, and you will never believe it until you experience it. Working out will actually give you more energy. When you are tired and you don’t feel like exercising, that’s when you should absolutely choose exercise. It will wake you up and make you feel refreshed. It can also help you sleep better at night and is directly linked to helping you make healthy food choices.
So instead of saying you are too tired to exercise, you need to start saying, I am tired so I will exercise. Once you get moving, your body will follow along. Tell yourself that you only need to do it for 15 minutes, and if you’re still tired after that you can stop. Chances are, you will feel so good that you will keep going.
If you need help getting started with an exercise plan, send me an email!