Too tired to exercise? How to boost energy for workout
Want to get Fitter, but frequently find yourself with no energy to work out? When you’re feeling tired or run down, the last thing you feel like doing is using up precious energy to head to the studio. For the occasional days where you’re feeling off, taking a rest day can be a great way to aid recovery. But if you have more days feeling off than on, this can be a sign that you need to make some lifestyle changes that will help to boost your energy so you can work out.
In this article, we will share tips on how to create energy so you can get to the studio.
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SHORT-TERM ENERGY BOOST FROM EXERCISING
Logically, you might think that exercising would drain your energy, but it actually has the opposite effect. There are two main reasons for this:
Increased blood flow
Exercising produces endorphins, which are known as nature’s mood boosters. They can reduce stress and discomfort, and improve mood and pleasure, all which can help boost your energy levels.
Exercise also increases blood flow, which circulates fresh oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and brain to be used for energy.
LONG-TERM ENERGY BOOST FROM EXERCISING
Exercising regularly can massively benefit our energy levels in multiple ways. It can increase the number of mitochondria in the muscles – these are the organelles responsible for producing almost all of the energy in our bodies, so more mitochondria means more energy. It also builds up our cardiovascular health and endurance which means daily tasks are less likely to fatigue us, and it can help to improve sleep, so you feel less tired during the day.
HOW TO FIND ENERGY TO EXERCISE
In order to get the energy boosting effects of exercise, you need to have the energy to exercise in the first place. In this blog, we will share some practical tips on how to boost your energy for the exercise.
Make sure you are eating and drinking enough As the saying goes, food is fuel – without adequate nutrition, you’re not going to have the fuel needed to move your body. Make sure you have eaten enough high-quality food during the day before your workout. If you’re exercising within 2-3 hours of a big meal, that should be enough to keep you going. If you’re planning on working out outside of that time frame, aim to have a snack 30-60 minutes before. The best pre workout snack for energy is one that is carb rich, with a little bit of protein. Carbs are your body’s preferred energy source for exercise, while protein helps repair and synthesis muscle growth. A banana and Greek yoghurt, egg on toast, or a low-fat cereal with milk are all easy to eat options, but you can find your own combinations. Eating before a workout will give an energy boost, but it’s important to make sure you’re eating enough nutritious food and drinking water throughout the day too. One of the first signs of dehydration is fatigue, so if you’re not drinking enough water, you may feel low on energy no matter what you eat. Having too big a calorie deficit can also cause low energy levels, so make sure you’re not eating too little. While it may feel counterproductive to up what you eat so you can work out, especially if you’re trying to lose weight, but it’s better to have the energy to exercise so you can get the health and energy boosting benefits, while burning calories!
Sort your sleep schedule When it comes to good health and having enough energy, the importance of sleep can not be overstated. When we sleep, our bodies use less energy – so the more time spent awake, the more energy we need. Our bodies also use sleep to repair and recover from stress, exercise, and more – without enough sleep we don’t get the recovery needed. Plan a sleep time routine that allows enough sleep (around 6-8 hours) before you have to get up and stick to it.
Have a coffee If you prefer to work out in the morning, having some caffeine 45-60 minutes before your workout can act as a pre-exercise energy booster. There are plenty of pre workouts and energy drinks catered for the studio, but a coffee works just as well. If you go down this route, make sure that having caffeine isn’t the only way you’re upping your energy levels – getting enough food and sleep is still important! You should also avoid having caffeine in the afternoon as this can impact your sleep, and leave you feeling more tired the next day.
Find a workout time that works for you No matter how hard they try, some people just aren’t destined to be morning studio goers, while others struggle to get energy to work out after work. Rather than working against your body, find the time of day you feel most energised and plan your workouts for then. For example, instead of asking how to get energy to workout after work, ask yourself if there’s a time you could work out earlier in the day – could you get your stuff ready the night before and fit in a short workout before work? Maybe you could do a HIIT session on your lunch. In our app you can find workouts throughout the day so you can be as flexible as you want!
Train with a friend When you’re low on energy, it becomes nearly impossible to motivate yourself – training with a friend adds external motivation and can boost your mood, which can create the energy needed to help drive a good workout. If there are days you know you might be low on energy, why not plan to train with your friend in advance?
Book a fitness class forward Booking group exercise classes is a great way to make sure you train when you really aren’t feeling it. It’s much harder to bail on a workout when you have something physically booked in – there’s no pushing it back until it’s too late to go! Being in a group, surrounded by other people’s energy, with an instructor and music to motivate, can also be very energising.
Hopefully these tips will help to give you the energy needed to get to the studios, so that you can get more energy from your workout. Ready to get started? Find your closest workouts in Our app.