Tiredness: fitness

Where food and fluid intake increases to mitigate tiredness, physical activity tends to decrease because it is perceived to increase tiredness.

Physical tiredness will always increase after exercise, but often alertness and mental acuity can actually be enhanced after a session.

How many times have you not wanted to exercise due to feeling tired, but felt great after you did it?

How many times have you not felt tired, been prepared to exercise, and then felt awful once you finished?

Probably rarely, if ever.

But this isn’t breaking news to anyone - most people know they will feel better after exercise, the battle is just getting started when you’re tired.

This is particularly challenging for those who exercise in the morning because the time required to exercise will often cut into potential sleep.

It’s easy to justify not exercising because you want to catch up on sleep, promising yourself that you’ll make up for it tomorrow.

While sleep isn’t the justification for not training at the end of the day, it often comes down to feeling exhausted and without the energy to get going again.

One of the benefits of lunchtime exercise is that the duration and time are often fixed.

While it’s not for everyone - the short duration and fixed timeframe often work against many people - but it can be used an opportunity to lock in a 20-minute walk or something like that.

This can be a great strategy for people in the early stages of increasing physical activity because even if there is no other training session that day, 20-minutes of moderately intense activity is in the bank.

Tom Fitzgerald