Excuse Buster #2: ‘I’m too tired to exercise’

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By Emma Price in Gym - 16/12/2013

Tiredness swamps our bodies. It sags our shoulders, drags our feet, droops our eyelids... sometimes you just want to shake off the tiredness like an ill-fitting coat and get on with what you need to do.

So why not do just that? Think of your tiredness as an old, tattered coat and swap it for your gym kit. Consider doing this straight after work, before you have the chance to get home and allow yourself to be lured in by the sofa, takeaway and TV. Even better if you can manage to get out of bed a little earlier (we know this is tough) and get your workout done early.

Regular exercise will definitely make you feel less tired in the long run and you can bet you’ll have more energy once you begin to work out regularly. Even a 15 minute walk can give you a boost in energy so imagine how great you’ll feel after a 30 minute blast on the bike, or brisk walk on the treadmill.

Starting with a small amount of exercise is great to gradually build up to enjoyable and sustainable workouts. If the gym isn’t your thing, have you considered an early morning swim? Or a fitness or dance class?

The key thing to remember here is that in the same way sluggishness breeds more sluggishness, energy breeds more energy. Exercise actually wakes up the body, yanking you out of your unlit cave into dazzling sunshine.

And if you can’t motivate yourself, all we ask is that you change into your kit and just arrive at a leisure centre. The team will fire you up for a great workout, whichever activity you decide to do.

Top Tips: Fighting Fatigue

1. Eat little and often; eat regular meals and healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your energy levels up.

2. Sleep well; avoid naps throughout the day and get a good night’s sleep (between 7-9 hours).

3. Increase energy by losing weight; if your body is carrying excess weight this can put extra strain on your heart. By losing weight you’ll feel much more energetic.

4. Keep hydrated!

5. And of course, exercise!