Overcoming Post-Workout Fatigue

Tired African American man bending over outdoors(BlackDoctor.org) — Feeling a little tired after a workout is to be expected, but something’s not right if your workout leaves you feeling totally exhausted. If you’re experiencing post-workout fatigue, it’s worth your while to take a look at your workout as well as your lifestyle to reveal potential causes.

Start Out Slowly

It can be tempting to go all in when you decide to start working out, but this may not be the best idea. This is one of the worst things you can do if you are worried about fatigue. For instance, don’t try to jog 4 miles, when the most you’ve done before is walk 2 miles. Consider walking at first, and then when you get used to that, build that up to a short run. Over time, add more distance or time to your run until you get where you want to be. Doing too much too soon can make you feel more tired than usual after your workout is complete.

Examining Your Fuel Quality

In theory, eating less should go hand-in-hand with a workout regimen designed to help you lose weight. While this is a common misconception, the truth is that exercise actually increases your body’s need for food. The more fuel you burn, the more fuel you will need to keep going. If you haven’t eaten enough of the right things before your workout, you are bound to feel wiped out after you exercise. You may even feel sick. In reality, you should eat a variety of foods, as different foods bring different nutrients to the table. Lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains are essential to a healthy body. Healthy bodies are capable of doing more exercise.

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