Why does exercise make me feel more tired in general?
Why does exercise make me feel more tired, during and after exercise and in general, rather than more energetic, fit, "runner's high", etc.?
Normally , when exercising you will get tired ,But after you should feel very energetic have you had a check up lately, ( vitamins )...!!
I understand it takes between 15 hours and 36 hours to recover from a workout. 15 hours if it is something you do regularly and 36 if you have shocked your body. If you want to exercise every day it may be best to alternate heavy and light exercise
Exercise depletes the body of energy, and if you aren't eating properly before and after to replenish nutrients and feed muscles, it's easy to wind up feeling tired. You might want to work with a nutritionist or fitness trainer for a month or two to educate yourself and develop an exercise program that works better for you.
Laura..I see from your profile that you work as a communications consultant, does that mean you work for a corporate or self employed? Either way there is pressure attached to this profession and perhaps long hours.
You will be given lots of advice from other hubs about nutrition and your exercise program and all will have their merits. I also see that apart from hiking and your dog, most of your past times are sedentary which along with the type of work you do may have consequences for what sort of exercises you do. If you had a personal trainer they would certainly look at your lifestyle.
As a 62 year old personal trainer still involved in the business, I can only put my longevity down to finding tai chi exercise and shiatsu therapy 12 years ago after a life time in contact sports. I don't know what your sessions consist of, but you appear to have a very earthy home life but a pressured work life. This can lead to an imbalance in your kidney energy (water meridian) which can affect energy adversely.
Why not look at Tai chi/yoga and try to incorporate a therapy/massage into your life as a way to balance and align your body? I'd be interested in hearing about the qulaity of your sleep.
You may be feeling more tired in general because of your "attitude" toward exercise. You may be thinking about how tired you are even before you start. Your thoughts have a lot to do with your physical being. Think positive and start slow, about 10 to 15 minutes. Do proper breathing. If you do strenuous exercise, with weights, your muscles need a day or two to get back to normal (to repair). Eat properly to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables...this will energize your body at the "cellular" level which provide energy and very hydrated cells..no amount of water you drink will do this.
What is the type of your exercise?
If you want to feel more energetic and fit, you shouldn't exercise, for example, by trying to run 5K in just 15 minutes. This is training not exercise. Instead, you may try brisk walking. This is more effective.
I want to explain something, the main factor is how you deal with your energy production and expenditure. Your body has a limited ability to metabolize food to produce energy. So, you should produce as much energy as you could from your limited metabolism.
Do you know that if you manage your breathing well, so that there is enough oxygen in your blood for aerobic metabolism, you can produce many folds greater energy than that produced by Anaerobic metabolism. So, if you exercise while trying to manage your breathing well, you can be fit while keeping your energy.
In the long term exercise does give you more energy. People that exercise regularly have more energy than people that don't. I have a lot more energy than people I know that don't exercise very often. However exercise uses up a lot of energy and strains your muscles. That is why you feel weak and tired during and after exercise.
If you want to feel relaxed and energized try tai chi, qigong or yoga. When I do tai chi or qigong I have more energy when I am done. My experience with yoga is limited but some yoga poses make you feel more energetic. That is why it is often done in the morning. Most of the time I exercise at night when I don't have anything important to do afterwards. I can exercise until I am really tired and then rest while watching TV.
Change your exercise. You could try my routine, it's in one of my hubs, 'Don't kill yourself - exercise'.
Do it slowly not rigid, just like me I have low stamina I get easily tired. What I did on my everyday routine exercise is zumba for 15 mins until such days you get used to it make it 30 mins until 1 hour. You can find zumba videos in youtube I dont go to gym because I prefer at home. I dont force my self to do it in a long hours as I get tired so I do it everyday in a certain period of time. After getting used to it I did hiking on the mountains halfway then the next day I made it on the top. After getting used to it I did the jogging everymorning for 15-30 mins with my husband. Its easy and fun this way, Sometimes exercise makes me bored so I alternate my routine as possible.
Be sure to eat a good healthy breakfast including protein, and then for whatever time you workout, be sure to eat just a little protein about 1/2 hr. before (even a few almonds or 1/2 protein bar will do); then after you workout, eat within 1 hr. of your workout, and again, it doesn't have to be a big meal, but be sure to include protein, which is important during every meal and snack time. Suggestions: a little hummus and whole grain crackers; grapes and some lowfat cheese, handful of nuts. And before you workout, drink 1/2 bottle of water to hydrate, and sip a little water in between exercises.
I guess if you excessive exercise at a time , or your physical exercise methods is wrong .
Exercise usually always give me energy and a really intense cardio workout will give me that "runner's high". The exception is when I'm over-trained (over do the workouts). This will leave me wiped out. The same thing happens if I'm not feeling that well or I'm about to become sick. I can remember too that when I first began workout regularly, years ago, exercise was very tiring.
I agree with Raye. I have tried feeling that way too before and one of the reasons that I have learned is not eating the proper diet or not getting the right nutrients that I needed before working out. Because when we work out, we release more energy and if your body didn't have enough nutrients to produce those energy, you end up feeling tired or dizzy.
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