If you are working towards a goal of losing weight and becoming healthier, exercise definitely needs to be a part of your daily routine and weekly scheduling.
Sometimes though, between work, looking after your family, balancing a social schedule and visiting relatives, it seems like you are too tired and overbooked to even think about being active.
Here’s how to make it happen anyway:
- Shift your mindset – It is true, that there will be some days that you are exceptionally tired. Whether you have had a lot of things on the go with your job, you were up all night with the kids, or there has been a series of late nights finishing up chores at home, sometimes you just can’t do anything about the fatigue. But you can shift your mindset. And instead of thinking that you are too tired to do your whole exercise session, so you won’t do any at all, remember this: something is always better than nothing. Even if you are tired or sore or mentally drained, commit to doing 10 minutes of your exercise routine. Once you start, you will likely find that it energizes you, and more than that, you will have done something – which is better than the nothing you were going to do!
- Schedule it in – Come Sunday night or first thing Monday morning, if you are trying to keep things balanced and all the balls in the air, chances are you spend a bit of time scheduling the week ahead. There is the meeting at work to account for, basketball practice for the kids and this weekend is your sister’s birthday. And just like you schedule all of these things in, you also need to start scheduling in your exercise. While you may still be tired, you’ll know it is coming and you can mentally prepare and get ready. Sometimes our fatigue isn’t as much physical as it is mental and tackling that hurdle at the beginning of the week is a great way to keep things on track.
- Get a buddy – Sometimes it feels as if we are too tired to tackle exercise because it is unappealing to tackle it alone. But you don’t have to do it alone! Instead, find a buddy! Whether this ends up being someone who you exercise with regularly, or just your neighbor who you call up on occasion to go walking with you, having someone else to motivate you and hold you accountable can be a great way to keep you on track and help you get back in the groove when you let things slip.
- Skip the cardio – Maybe it’s the fact that you have a high-energy cardio session that you are supposed to be doing that you feel more tired than usual, or that is making it seem particularly hard. If your hard cardio session falls on a day when you are extra tired, let yourself off the hook and change up your schedule. Whether that means you swap days, try out something new, or just do part of the session instead, there are lots of options for modification that will still allow you to exercise but that don’t necessarily have to involve you being the cardio queen!
Don’t let being tired get in the way of your routine! With these tips and tricks, it’s easy to stay on track!
By: Laura Peill, RHN, BScH – Viand Nutrition