If I decided not to workout every time I was tired, I would probably never get any exercise. Yet, I make myself exercise anyways. After all, after I exercise I always feel better, and have more energy. Still, when you’re running on five or six hours of sleep, it can be hard to want to workout. Here are some tips on how to motivate yourself to exercise when you are tired.
# 1 An Energizing Snack
When it’s early in the morning, sometimes you don’t feel like eating. However, some food can keep your blood sugar up while preventing lightheadedness and that gnawing feeling you sometimes get when you are hungry. The Mayo Clinic recommends eating a “small snack” about “an hour before exercising.” Examples include energy bars, peanut butter on a whole-grain bagel or a fruit smoothie. You’ll get to know how much fuel your body needs before working out.
# 2 Start Slow
Sometimes, the idea of running several miles or taking a spin class seems daunting. However, if you start slow, it helps you ease into your routine. I always start walking and by the time I reach the top of the hill near my house, I’m ready to run….and if I’m not, that’s okay because walking is great exercise. Starting slow is also a good way to warm up your muscles. Even if you don’t feel like working out for a long time, a twenty to thirty minute walk is much better than sitting on the couch and watching television.
# 3 The Buddy System
My neighbor is fit and often asks me to workout with her. Sometimes I run with my daughter. Having someone to work out with is great, especially if you set a consistent time to workout with your buddy. If you have someone expecting you to walk/run/jog/bike with them, it makes it easier to get out the door.
# 4 Music
Running without music is not an option for me. If I’m walking with a friend, I have someone to occupy me. However, when I run solo I get bored quite easily. When I’m tired, music is my number one motivator. You can make a playlist or listen to a workout station on Pandora.
# 5 A Workout App
I have been using Map my Run to help me log my workouts. The GPS app tells you how far you have run along with the amount of time it takes you to run a certain distance. Each mile it tells me my split time. You can save your run or discard it. It also maps your route. When I feel like stopping, I can look down and see my pace. Knowing my pace helps me run a little faster.
Tired or not, these tips help motivate me to exercise.
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