I’m tired. You’re tired. Everyone is tired, all the time.
And when you’re tired, it’s easy to skip out on the whole exercise thing. That’s perfectly okay if you do it once, or twice, or even five times. But when you’re constantly using ‘tired’ as an excuse to avoid exercise – there’s something wrong.
I had a chat to personal trainer Kirsty Welsh to discuss what to do when you’re feeling too tired to work out. And together, we came up with a little choose-your-own-adventure path to determine exactly how you should sort yourself out.
Are you level 1 or Level 2 tired?
Level one is the kind of tired where you've maybe had a big day at work - not a bad one, just a busy one - and you're feeling a bit lazy and a bit soft. You could go to the gym, but it's kind of in the too-hard basket when compared to everything else.
Level two is when you're truly fatigued, exhausted, over-worked and over-stressed (or all of the above).
How can you tell when you're at a level two kind of tired? "If you’re feeling a bit anxious, waking up sluggish on a daily basis, if you start getting angry when you get a text or email, if you’re feeling a bit foggy, your memory’s fading, you start craving high calorie foods… if you generally feel like if a fly landed on your shoulder, you might cry… all of those things indicate you’re stressed and over worked," Kirsty says.
"You know when you're just being a bit lazy," Kirsty says. "Get off the couch and go do something. Get moving, and select an intensity that suits you. Yoga is second to none. You can choose the intensity of the class you go to. It’s the same as cardio – you can do higher intensity or lower intensity. Energise yourself as opposed to tiring yourself."
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This is a problem, because it means that your sympathetic nervous system is overworked. Your blood is being pushed into all the external muscles, trying to get you from A to B in life. And this isn't a good thing for your body, because, according to Kirsty, "your body doesn’t differentiate between nutritional stress, over-exercising stress and mental stress. Body/mind/spirit stress is all registered the same way in the body."