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- You’re not getting enough sleep. We need at least 7 hours sleep a night to function properly so if you’re not getting enough zzz’s you’re going to
be too tired to get your workout in or you’ll go but get little to nothing done.
- You’re dehydrated. Did you know that not hitting your daily water intake by as little 200-300ml can be enough for your body to stop functioning properly.
It’s especially important to sufficiently hydrate 1-2 hours before exercising to ensure you are physically able to work hard and reach your goals.
500-600ml is recommended 2-3 hours before you exercise, then take regular sips during and another 200-300ml within 30 mins after.
- You’re low on carbs. Yes carbs are super important in your diet and certainly not something you should be cutting out all together. For starters your
brain only uses glucose to function. Glucose is made from carbs so if you’re not eating carbs, your brain won’t be working properly. Carbohydrates
also give us energy- take them away and inevitably you won’t have any energy to use during exercise. So ensure that you’re eating whole-wheat or
slow releasing carbohydrates (think brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato) to keep you going.
- You don’t have any energy and you haven’t exercises in a while. The more you exercise, the more you want to and the less you exercise, the less energy
you have. It sounds kind of crazy but it is true. Have you ever felt really tired and you exercise any way- when you get back you’re probably bouncing
off the walls with energy because exercise is a great way to pick you up and give you a well needed energy boost. So, if you feel sluggish it might
be that you haven’t exercises in a few days and need to.
- However, if you’re exercising daily and still feeling exhausted, it could be that you’re doing too much. There’s a fine line between doing enough exercise
and doing too much so give your body a rest. Keep one day a week where you just relax and perhaps do some stretching to give your muscles time
to recover and repair- rest is just as important as working out!
- You’re stressed. It can be really tough if you’ve had a busy and stressful day to motivate yourself to work out. However, it could be exactly what
you need to de-stress. Exercise releases endorphins that can boost your mood. Not to mention exercising allows you to spend a bit of time on YOU.
So book time in for yourself to sweat and de-stress now!