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It’s common to feel too tired or worn out to exercise. Packed schedules, poor sleep and some medical conditions can all cause fatigue. And we’ve all skipped a workout because we’re simply too exhausted to face the gym.
Luckily, there are ways to boost your energy levels. Once you’ve ruled out a serious medical problem and identified the cause of your tiredness, you can use the tips shared in this article to stay fighting fit.
Medical conditions like anaemia, diabetes or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) can make you feel very tired. Chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis and some infectious diseases can also drain your energy, leaving you too tired to exercise.
However, it’s not always easy to tell if a medical condition is the reason why you feel too tired to exercise. Signs to watch out for include physical pain when you exercise and if your tiredness comes with symptoms such as:
See a doctor if you feel tired often. They can look into the cause of your symptoms and advise you on how to manage your fatigue.
Mood disorders like anxiety or depression can make you feel tired or lethargic. Some mental health conditions can also make you lose interest in things you normally enjoy, which can make it challenging to stick to an exercise routine.
Conditions like depression can be hard to spot, but common symptoms include:
If you think depression or another mood disorder may be making you too tired to exercise, see a doctor. Research shows that regular exercise can be used to treat some mood disorders, but it’s important to also get medical advice and support.
Work stress, long commutes and hectic schedules can leave us feeling too tired to exercise, while poor sleep can affect our overall energy levels.
If your lifestyle leaves you exhausted, you may be tempted to skip exercise altogether. But try not to, as working out may make it easier to cope with a busy lifestyle. Research suggests that regular exercise can:
If you struggle to fit exercise into your daily routine, try:
Once you’ve developed a routine, exercising should start to feel easier. You may also notice that you sleep better and feel more energised. Why not download our app and use the sleep tracker to see how your sleep or energy levels improve over time?
We all know that exercise is good for us, but what should you do if you just don’t enjoy it? It’s important to still make time for a workout, but you may find it easier to follow through on your workouts if you:
Keep your expectations realistic and try not to feel discouraged if it feels like a chore at first. Stick with it, and you’ll find that exercising becomes easier and more enjoyable every day.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.