Of all the excuses we use when it comes to finding a good reason to skip a workout, “I’m too tired” is probably the most common. Maybe that’s because it seems the most logical. Exercise requires energy, so of course we don’t want to work out when we’re feeling drained.
But what we often forget is that a little bit of activity can actually help to boost our energy levels, so the “logic” we use to justify the “too tired” excuse is actually pretty flawed. If you are one of those people, here are some tips to get you going!
1. Work out in the morning
If you find that you’re more of a morning person, always work out in the morning. Obviously you’re going to have to make some adaptations to your sleeping schedule, but overall you should be much more motivated to hit the gym if you find that you are a morning person. In addition to this, it will keep you energized throughout the remainder of the day.
2. Shorten your workout
When you feel too tired to hop on the treadmill for a half hour or to take an hour-long aerobics class after work, opt for just 15 minutes. You may find that when the 15 minutes are up, you actually have the energy to finish your workout strong. If you don’t, you at least got a shortened version of your workout into your schedule and you can try a full workout the next day instead.
Remember to always opt for a short and intense workout over a longer one where you don’t push yourself. As they say, HIIT it, then quit it.
3. Go to the gym immediately after work
If you’re just too tired to work out in the morning, go directly after work – do not head home first. It’s pretty easy to get caught up in tv shows, your friends calling you and lounging on the couch without wanting to get up again. Always bring your own gym bag to work with some workout clothes in the bag so you can be ready to hit the gym.
4. Sneak in exercise
If you find that you’re too tired to make it to the gym or exercise on your own, make a commitment to achieve more physical activity throughout the day through other means. Take the stairs at the office, park far away from the grocery store, and walk briskly throughout the day to help you reach your aerobic activity goals. Give yourself a break by skipping a workout, but ensure that you don’t allow yourself to become inactive all day
5. Go for a walk
When all else fails, go for a walk. If you can muster up the energy to take one step out the door, that’s all you need. Don’t tell yourself to go for a three-mile walk, just tell yourself to step outside the door. Once you are in the fresh air, you’ll be surprised how much more energized you feel.
6. Change your commute
Ride your bike or walk for a portion or all of your commute. Makings things active will help you burn calories and keep you off public transportation for as long as possible.
7. Double up your TV time
Your commercial breaks are mini workouts that add up after an hour or two of your favorite shows.
8. Go slow
You don’t have to look like the Energizer Bunny during every workout. Turn up the resistance, slow things down, and you’ll feel the burn big-time.
9. Drink up
More water helps your body burn more fat, and being properly hydrated improves your workout performance. Sip on H2O all day long.
10. Make it routine
When your workout feels like second nature, you won’t be as tempted to skip it. Keep your routine consistent every week, and start feeling results.
11. Lift a little
If you’re all cardio and no strength training, you’re not going to see the changes you’re after.
12. Hire outside help
Sign up for boutique classes with an awesome instructor, or hire a personal trainer for a handful of sessions at the gym. They’ll keep you on track and revitalize your routine.
13. Reward yourself
All work with no reward does not suit the lazy girl. Whether it’s a piece of chocolate, new gear, or one hour of pure relaxation, give yourself a gold star after you put in the work.
14. Stay in bed
You need those seven to nine hours every night to keep you energized throughout the day and during your workout — just another good excuse to linger a little longer.
15. Multitask the mundane
Saving the best for last – you can always sneak in some exercise. Move through calf raises when you’re standing in a long line or waiting for the bus, and move through this two-minute workout you can do while brushing your teeth.