Does exercising make you feel MORE tired and unmotivated?

By: Anchor Wellness Center | Published 08/12/2020

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THE WOODLANDS, TX -- You may be suffering from loss of exercise tolerance, meaning your body is not recovering properly from workouts.  Having an off day occasionally is nothing to worry about, but if you find you’re consistently having a hard time handling your workouts, it’s important to look further.

Symptoms of poor exercise recovery can include:

- Inability to complete normal workouts
- Difficulty recovering after exercise
- Needing a nap after exercise
- Unexplained depression
- Loss of general motivation or enthusiasm
- Unexplained change in weight
- Aggression or irritability for minor reasons
- Weakened immune function
- Loss of menstrual cycle
- Symptoms of leaky gut

What could be causing your body to not tolerate your exercise routine?

1. You could be over-training! Try backing off for a week or two and see how you feel.
2. Your body is tired of the same workout. Try including a mix of aerobics, strength training, and HIIT.
3. Insufficient protein intake. Macronutrient requirements vary from person to person, so investigate if you're eating enough protein for your body's needs.
4. Inappropriate carbohydrate intake. Too many carbs can cause blood sugar to spike, but too few can short you on much-needed fuel for your body to convert into energy. Experiment adjusting your carb intake with healthy produce-based carbs, such as sweet potatoes.
5. Not enough sleep. The average adult needs 7-9 hours a night. If you’re having unexplained sleep problems, ask our office for advice as many health issues can cause poor sleep.
6. Micronutrient deficiencies: Staying well-nourished can be difficult if you’re busy. If your body is low in vital nutrients such as Vitamins D and B12, iron, and other minerals, it can affect your ability to recover from exercise.
7. Chronic inflammation. If you have an autoimmune disease that is not being managed or is constantly flaring up, this can hamper your body's ability to recoup.

Above is not even a comprehensive list, there are many reasons why exercising can leave you feeling depleted. If you notice your energy level is not what it should be, ask our office for support in finding the underlying reasons for poor exercise recovery.

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