But I’m Too Tired to Workout!
by Rochelle Griffin
I have a question for you: When you are tired, have zero energy, and just want to crash on the couch, do you push yourself to still get a workout done?
I recently read on Facebook where someone said if you are really fatigued, the worst thing you can do is NOT workout. She encouraged people to push through, even though they really wouldn’t want to. Unfortunately this is misinformation that I want to clarify before you become confused and possibly hurt yourself.
Being chronically fatigued and exhausted is often a sign of adrenal fatigue. When you push your body with adrenal fatigue, you are actually doing more harm to yourself than good.
Look I get it. I used to the same thing unwittingly. There was a time when I would workout at least 6 times per week, sometimes twice a day if I had a special event coming up. I thought THIS is what I need to do to lose weight.
Imagine my surprise when not only did I not lose weight, I GAINED it! And it’s not like I was eating bad…I was eating healthy! I ended up incredibly frustrated, and yes, even more fatigued and exhausted than I initially was to begin with.
Guess what? Weight gain around the hips, thighs, and stomach is a CLASSIC sign of adrenal fatigue and imbalanced hormones! Working out won’t fix this. Therapeutic intervention is what’s needed.
Sound familiar, anyone?!?!
When you choose to push yourself, you are adding to the chronic stress that you are already under. Your body isn’t able to differentiate between perceived danger (the stress of being fatigued) from actual danger (an intruder in the house) and will react the same way in either situation: Fight or flight with a cascade of hormones to try to handle it.
So WHAT should you do when you’re tired and have a workout looming ahead of you? Honestly listen to your body. Tired? REST!
If you do find that you’re chronically tired, it would be wise to get tested for adrenal fatigue. It’s a simple saliva test. The results will give you a wealth of information regarding what you really should be doing for exercise. The worse your adrenal fatigue is, the gentler you need to be with your body…including your exercise…if you want to recover.
Remember you must educate yourself. Be very careful whom you take advice from regarding your health, fitness, and nutrition. It may be from a well meaning, but misinformed person, who will unintentionally lead you down the wrong path. Be your own advocate. Your health is worth it!
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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