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What Should You Do If You're Too Tired to Exercise?

By Sara Butler

Sometimes when that alarm clock goes off or you walk out the door from the office, you’re just tired. Too tired to even think about going to the gym and getting your daily workout in. Sure, you know you need to do it, but what if you simply can’t make yourself? Well, you’re not alone. People lead busy lives and often exercise goes on the backburner. But you don’t have to give up altogether when you’re tired, you simply need to make a few adjustments. Here’s how to work out even when you don’t think you can muster the energy.

Listen to Yourself

When you think about exercise, you may find a mental roadblock. But you need to take a moment to examine why you’re feeling this way. Is it really because you’re too tired, feel a cold coming on or your body needing a break? Or is it because in the moment you’re feeling lazy? You need to question your motives a little bit and keep it real because putting off the gym will only lead to more procrastination and less fitness.

Small Steps

When you begin working out you should identify a goal, then take small steps toward reaching it. You can’t jump right into training for a marathon when you’ve never run before. You have to walk before you can run – literally!

This also applies to your workout routine and (sometimes) unwillingness to do it. Don’t overwhelm yourself with thinking about how you must go to the gym right after work. Instead, pack your gym bag, tie your shoes, go to the car, and then drive to the gym. Taking small steps will help you to make it there instead of dreading it.

Sign Up for a Class

Do-it-yourself workouts when you’re too tired to be motivated are less likely to happen than a group exercise class. Take a class, let the instructor lead you, and don’t worry about it. Just follow the instructions and get your workout in. Plus, you’re more likely to actually show up if you’re expected at a class – it keeps you accountable.

Try Something Else

If you’re really too tired to work out, and then try other activities that will provide you with some movement. Clean the house, dust, take a walk, or try some yoga poses. Just as long as you try to get your body moving, you’ll be making a difference.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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