Ever wondered how to make yourself exercise when you’re tired so you can reach your fitness goals? It’s a good question.
The problem is that when you’re tired, particularly if you have a fatigue condition, you feel like you’re up against it. It’s so easy to put on weight because you can’t exercise like you want to.
Your body needs nourishing and nurturing
You may have heard me say this before (in fact I say it all the time) but your body needs nourishing and nurturing.
There’s a saying ‘treat yourself like you would a young child’. We treat our adult selves so harshly sometimes. We can find the love inside us to treat others well, but when it comes to ourselves, we can have harsh and unreasonable expectations.
So why would you want to exercise when you’re tired?
The temptation is to pretend you’re not tired, maybe even glug an energy drink and then leap around for an hour getting sweaty in an effort to shed some pounds and restart your sluggish metabolism.
I mean, that’s what everyone else seems to be doing isn’t it? And you are probably quite fed up of being the tired person and just want to be ‘normal’ again.
This will just make you more tired.
It’s sad, but by forcing yourself to do something that your body isn’t strong enough to do it going to make you more tired.
If you exercise when you’re tired you’re going to make yourself even more tired from using every last bit of your energy reserve in your exercise routine. Then there will be the aches, stiffness, and muscle cramps. This could go on for days or even weeks.
If you exercise when you’re tired you’re going to make yourself mentally and emotionally tired. You may find yourself tempted to exercise no matter what because you’re comparing yourself to others, feeling like you’re not good enough, and setting yourself a harsh goal for weight loss or fitness. This could last for days or weeks as you judge yourself harshly for not keeping up with the new regime you’ve chosen.
The answer of how to exercise when you’re always tired is two-fold
- If you’re too tired and achy to climb the stairs, then you’re probably not ready. If you want to be able to exercise in the future, then you need to nourish and nurture yourself first. It might not be what you want to hear right now.
- If you can manage daily activities with care then you would probably benefit from some gentle You’re going to have to think a bit differently though and try not to judge yourself.
Are you ready to think a bit differently?
That would be great, because I’m going to guess that what you’ve been doing up to know hasn’t been working.
Gentle, physio-type exercises could be the way for you to go.
Allow me to introduce you to someone I’ve been following on the internet for years now. Rick Kaselj from Exercises for Injuries.
Unlike most people’s idea of gentle exercise, Rick sees it from a rehabilitation point of view, and I like that. You wouldn’t force someone to start running with a broken leg and that’s why the physiotherapy/rebuilding approach can be quite refreshing.
This link will take you to a page of his products. I have bought the Low Impact High Results programme. If the beginner level is where you’re at then don’t push yourself. Better to be good at that than make yourself ill and over-tired.
Even this may be too much to just dive straight in to. You may need to take it very slowly and just do 5 of one exercise and work your way up. Don’t give yourself a hard time for it.
I also bought Unlock Your Hip Flexors as when I read the sales page it just resonated with me. The moves in that have been very helpful as when I sit down a lot at the computer for a long time I am now aware that things need loosening up on a regular basis.
My other favourite is Forward Head Posture Fix, which helps stop my neck and shoulders creaking and cracking after being at the computer.
There are many new programmes on that page that I’ve not even tried yet.
If the ones mentioned are not your style try searching on the internet for gentle exercises for the over 40s, even if you’re not. A fitness instructor’s idea of gentle may be somewhat different to ours so, as always, don’t over-do it.
Of course there are all types of exercise and you may find a gentle, steady walk is just right for you.
If you suffer from muscle cramps when you exercise you will find the Magnesium for Muscle Cramps blog post helpful.
Don’t exercise when you’re tired, and stop being so hard on yourself
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