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Feeling exhausted but guilty because I'm slacking in workouts

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I've been feeling exhausted the last couple of weeks, some is due to sleep deprivation but not all. Anyway my workouts have been terrible (especially as a former cross fitter!) Yesterday was 20 slow minutes of walking. Today I managed 50 burpees and some sit-ups. I just feel to worn out to do anything else! Is it better if I just rest and do minimal stuff or should I push myself? I am re-dialing my diet right now so it's not as though I'm consuming any garbage to make me feel like a sloth... Help! What would you do?

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:29 AM

Also, don't put activity on a pedestal. All animals need a balance of resting and activity to be happy. If we had energy all the time, we'd be ...not right.

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on March 21, 2013
at 03:28 AM

On the contrary: our state is always fluctuating and cycling. When I indulge my desire to rest, I have more energy later, which, if I indulge that energy by getting my ya-yas out, I have a nice desire to rest later, and so the cycle continues.

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:12 PM

Umm.. get some sleep.

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on March 20, 2013
at 01:12 PM

Only works if the signaling works properly. If you sit around a lot your body tells you to sit around a lot. If you're more active you are more inclined to feel like engaging in activities. It's habit.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on March 20, 2013
at 04:15 AM

Listen to your body. If it wants rest, rest. If it wants activity, act. If it wants food, eat. If it's nauseous, don't eat. Pretty simple stuff.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on March 20, 2013
at 01:12 PM

Only works if the signaling works properly. If you sit around a lot your body tells you to sit around a lot. If you're more active you are more inclined to feel like engaging in activities. It's habit.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on March 21, 2013
at 03:29 AM

Also, don't put activity on a pedestal. All animals need a balance of resting and activity to be happy. If we had energy all the time, we'd be ...not right.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on March 21, 2013
at 03:28 AM

On the contrary: our state is always fluctuating and cycling. When I indulge my desire to rest, I have more energy later, which, if I indulge that energy by getting my ya-yas out, I have a nice desire to rest later, and so the cycle continues.

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:49 AM

You don't necessarily need to 'work out' all the time. Especially if you feel worn out, 'forcing yourself' to workout etc may affect you detrimentally rather than beneficially...

As has been mentioned, the 'diet changes' and broader lifestyle factors that you've alluded to but haven't mentioned are probably related to any answer you might want.

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:57 AM

Guilt is not an appropriate response. Secondly, I'm not sure how you can compartmentalize lack of sleep only being partially responsible for your fatigue. Thirdly, it seems pretty apparent that there are some relevant details missing from your question.

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on March 20, 2013
at 12:06 AM

First, I really suggest you start getting your sleep. It is simply not possible to fully exert yourself in a workout when you are tired before you start. Second, you might try upping your carb count 30m-1hour before the workout to give you a little more energy. Third, I would say to err on the side of caution and rest a bit more, but truthfully I always come back weaker and slower when I don't push through tough times.

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on March 20, 2013
at 08:42 AM

In the first place I'd would try to get some lab tests done to see that everything is in check, it won't hurt. The way you feel right now looks like a lot to over-training symptoms, that may come from a combination of too much working out and deficiencies in the recovery area. You have had some sleep deprivation so this is one area of concern, then if nutrition is not in check and keep going it ends like this. Try to check for anaemia (iron deficiencies, B12 and folic acid), salivary cortisol test (to see if too much stress on the body), lipid profile, thyroid hormones and HS C-Reactive protein would be nice in order to try to guess if there's some inflammation going.

As suggested by the other hackers, having proper sleep should be a must, and upping your carb intake could be considered surrounding your workout time, putting an emphasis on proper timings. I think post-workout is most important in order to replenish muscle and liver glycogen and depending on the intensity a 2 or 3-hours before high quality carb meal with some protein and fat, a la Zone Diet ratios, should do the work. You can then go lower on carbs in between workouts if you are that worried about going higher on carbs, needs some time to experiment and find what amount suits you the best. Multi-vitamin and or antioxidant may come in handy also in order to fight the stress.

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on March 20, 2013
at 03:06 AM

I agree with the "eat more starch" comment. Not necessarily just after exercise but all day. How many carbs are you eating? Despite trying for months on a LCD, I couldn't make it work when it came to giving me enough energy for higher intensity exercise. My muscles would feel like lead. I was fine with low carb for low levels of intensity however burpees are pretty intense. Experiment with your ratios.

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on March 20, 2013
at 12:05 AM

Eat more starch right after workouts when you're still hot.

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