No Drive To Exercise

Tired black man with backwards cap on with hand on face

When You Feel Drained

Everyone has experienced those days when you feel drained and you have no idea why. You feel like you’re dragging yourself throughout the day, carrying your own weight but as if you lack the strength to effectively do so. Not only do you feel your body drained of energy, but your mind feels mushy as if all you want to do is pass out. But even passing out is a difficult task because that takes effort to actually lay down and put your day on hold.

Not everyone can afford to just put their day on hold and take a nap as they wish. These are also the days when exercising is the absolute last thing that you want to do. You almost feel that even if someone were to offer you money to exercise, you’d still find the energy to say no; the only energy you do have. So why do these days occur and how can we prevent them?

We will not tackle that question in this article. Let’s focus on how we can regain our energy and exercise so we don’t allow another day to go to waste. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to regain your oomph is by consuming sugar like ice cream. Fill yourself a big bowl of your favorite ice cream and watch the energy slowly come onto you. You can also go with an ol’ cup of Joe for that extra boost.

The key is to not consume too much or your energy will be followed by a crash; always in moderation! The sugar will also help you exercise and that will make you feel better. So the recipe comes down to sugar and exercise. This is the quick fix to those kind of days when you don’t feel like doing anything.

As to why these days occur in the first place, there are many reasons:

  • Fatigue from work
  • Fatigue from lack of stimulation
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Poor sleep hygiene
  • Stress
  • Drug consumption
  • Simply a bad day

. . . and the list goes on. Only you can discover the true reason as to why these days occur. The more honest you are with yourself, the easier it will become to prevent these types of days from reoccurring in the future. But when you are too tired to analyze why, just remember that you can always rely on a quick sugar fix to get your day going and allow you to continue your exercise routine.

At the end of the day, exercising will burn off your sugar consumption, allowing you to have effectively tackled your day in style and good form!

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Fatigue From Work

Fatigued man lying on wooden bench outside

A Different Kind Of Tired

Working can really take a toll on your energy level. Even if your job is not demanding or intensive, fatigue can build up over time and hit you without ever anticipating it. Fatigue is an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. When you are fatigued, you have no motivation or energy.

Fatigue is not the same as being tired due to lack of sleep. When you are tired from not sleeping well, you feel drained and exhausted, but generally recover after a good night’s rest. But fatigue is chronic; imagine a baseline or plateau where you experience little to no change despite getting more sleep.

You may come home and feel like not doing anything that requires much brain power. But you realize that you have to take care of the kids, study for an exam or prepare a presentation for work. As reality kicks in, you start to experience stress and maybe even anxiety.

Uncontrolled fatigue can take a toll on your mental health, relationships and work performance. Understanding how to handle fatigue is very important! It requires balance, motivation and positivity. You have to learn how to “ride the fatigue” and not get knocked off your center of balance.

So how do you do this? You have to enjoy every moment of life no matter how tired you are. Don’t try to fight fatigue or you will just get more exhausted and stressed. Rather, take baby steps and find pleasure in your activities despite feeling drained. Maybe introduce some coffee or an energy drink here and there, but don’t overdo it with the caffeine either.

You have to learn how to flow through your days, easing in and out of activities with pleasure and as little stress as possible. It’s actually not that hard to do. It all starts with your mindset: adopt a laid-back attitude on life while maintaining your intensity. This means that you still hustle and work hard but with a sense of relaxation while taking the edge off things.

So when you are experiencing fatigue, remind yourself that it’s not you! We all experience it. But you have to learn how to flow and “ride the fatigue.”

Just ride and flow.

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