What to Do When You’re Too Tired to Work Out

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 27th July 2012

Does this happen to you more often than you'd like to admit - most mornings, you wake up too tired to exercise before going to work and at the end of a busy day, you only want to relax and unwind? Are you wondering when you feel like this, should you make yourself exercise and push through a workout even if you are worn out?

There's not a quick yes or no answer, but here's a good place to start.

Rule out any underlying health factors that might be causing your fatigue. 

Do you have difficulties sleeping? 

Are most of your meals processed fast foods grabbed on the run? 

Are you experiencing stress or anxiety in your personal or professional life? 

Physical, behavioral and lifestyle problems can wreak havoc on your energy and subsequently affect your motivation. If there is trouble in some area of your life, work on improving that factor and see if your energy level increases.

If there are no apparent causes for your low energy, then mustering the motivation to move even for a short time can kick in your get-up-and-go. Although it may seem like a paradox, when we expend energy, we receive energy in return. 

The best strategy when you are just not feeling the power is to go easy. Some suggestions include taking a walk at a relaxed pace, paddling around in the pool or playing Frisbee with your pup. If you are feeling good after a few minutes, you might be motivated to continue for another ten or twenty.

Regardless of the ultimate time you spend working out, you might find that even a little bit of activity will be enough to recharge and refresh.