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Of all the excuses we use when it comes to finding a good reason to skip a workout, “I’m too tired” is probably the most common. Maybe that’s because it seems the most logical. Exercise requires energy, so of course we don’t want to work out when we’re feeling drained. But what we often forget is that a little bit of activity can actually help to boost our energy levels, so the “logic” we use to justify the “too tired” excuse is actually pretty flawed. If you are one of those people, here are some tips to get you going!
1. Work out in the morning:
If you find that you’re more of a morning person, always work out in the morning. Obviously you’re going to have to make some adaptations to your sleeping schedule, but overall you should be much more motivated to hit the gym if you find that you are a morning person. In addition to this, it will keep you energized throughout the remainder of the day.
2. Shorten your workout:
When you feel too tired to hop on the treadmill for a half hour or to take an hour-long aerobics class after work, opt for just 15 minutes. You may find that when the 15 minutes are up, you actually have the energy to finish your workout strong. If you don’t, you at least got a shortened version of your workout into your schedule and you can try a full workout the next day instead.
3. Go to the gym immediately after work:
If you’re just too tired to work out in the morning, go directly after work/school – NEVER go home first. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in tv shows, the friends calling you and the couch feels so nice. Always bring your own gym bag to work with some workout clothes in the bag so you can be ready to hit the gym in due time.
4. Sneaky exercise:
If you find that you’re too tired to make it to the gym or exercise on your own, make a commitment to achieve more physical activity throughout the day through other means. Take the stairs at the office, park far away from the grocery store, and walk briskly throughout the day to help you reach your aerobic activity goals. Give yourself a break by skipping a workout, but ensure that you don’t allow yourself to become inactive all day
5. Go for a walk:
When all else fails, go for a walk. If you can muster up the energy to take one step out the door, that’s all you need. Don’t tell yourself to go for a three-mile walk, just tell yourself to step outside the door. Once you are in the fresh air, you’ll be surprised how much more energized you feel.