Maybe the 5-kilogram dumbbells you always lift feel like 20-kilograms, or your usual morning run suddenly seems a good mile longer. Sometimes, you feel this way doing exactly the same workout that you’ve been acing throughout. Here are the reasons why you could be feeling that way and how you can avoid them.
1. You have an exercise hangover
Hitting it harder than usual yesterday can have the unfortunate side effect of making you feel weaker today. Increase your rest time or decrease the intensity of your routine following a super-challenging sweat session. Also, remember to hydrate enough to keep avoid fatigue or muscle cramps.
2. Sleep hasn’t been coming easily
Sleep deprivation can zap your energy in the gym. A better sleep will lead to a better gym time, so you’ll be able to train harder. Get seven to eight hours of rest per night, upping your snooze time after extra-tough workouts. Keep yourself active and moving throughout the day with activities like walking, cycling or swimming as these can dramatically improve your sleep quality and reducing sleep apnea. Put away all electronics before bedtime and try to ease into a slumber.
3. You skipped lunch
Food powers your brain and your muscles; without it, you’ll fizzle sooner, and the workout becomes tougher for you. If you missed a midday meal, eat a piece of fresh fruit or a handful of whole wheat crackers before you head for the gym. Having light pre-workout food can provide quick energy to boost your blood sugar and go a little bit harder.
4. You’re stressed out about something
Stress can make you feel tired, but don’t use anxiety as a pass to sit it out. According to a study in the Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychology, it was found that mental burnout can significantly affect the physical performance. Instead, do something that doesn’t require much concentration, such as riding a stationary bike or walking on a treadmill.