If you are new to working out or if you are just starting up again after a long break, then you probably know what I’m talking about. You start working out and quickly find that you just don’t have the energy to do the exercises you know you need to do. Or worse, you don’t even have enough energy to get started.
Don’t worry, this is completely normal. It will take some time for your body to get used to the exercises you are doing, especially if you’ve never done any consistent exercising before. Over time, your body will adapt and you will find that you have plenty of energy to finish your exercise routine.
Why Does This Happen?
Think of it like inertia. Have you ever tried to push something really heavy (like a car for example)? As you start to push on the back of the car, it feels heavy and it doesn’t want to move. As you continue to push, it starts to move ever so slightly. With less and less effort, the car starts to roll faster and faster. Before long, you are barely pushing at all and you have to run just to keep up with the car.
Your body is just like this car. It takes a lot of effort and energy to break through the inertia of your sedentary life style. If you stick with it though, soon enough you will start to build up some momentum and exercising will begin to feel natural. You may still have some low energy days here and there, but for the most part you will find that you have lots more energy than you had before.
What Should You Do About It?
This is all well and fine, but what are you supposed to do until you get to the point that momentum is carrying you along? Telling you to buckle down and stick with it until that day arrives isn’t a whole lot of help, so here are a few things you can do to help along the way:
- Get Enough Sleep – Make sure you get plenty of rest at night. Everyone is a little different, but most people need about 8 hours of sleep per night to function well. If you are exercising hard then you need your sleep even more than you would otherwise. It’s easy to ignore this tip, but it’s important so that’s why it’s at the top of the list.
- Drink Water – Make sure you stay hydrated during your workouts. If you start to get dehydrated then you can start to feel weak and lose your energy. Don’t overdo it though. Too much water is just as bad (or worse) as not enough.
- Start Slow And Build – If you’re just beginning, you don’t need to be working out like the guy who’s been going to the gym everyday for the last 12 years. Start with what you can handle and then push yourself a little harder each week. Your body will adjust easier to small incremental changes than it will to one large change.
- Workout In The Morning – Before you write me off, give it a try. If you are not used to getting up early, it may take a little while to get used to it but you will feel the difference once your body adjusts to it. Your body has much more energy after a full night of sleep than it will after a long hard day of work. It takes a few minutes to rub the sleep out of your eyes, but getting up early to exercise is a great way to start your day.
I hope some of this helps you inject some more energy into your workouts. Don’t get discouraged. Stick with it and working out will get easier and it will be worth it. If you have any other energy boosting suggestions, leave a comment and share it with the rest of us.
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