Your alarm sounds, it’s time to get up and hit the gym, but you find yourself repeatedly hitting the snooze button instead. Or maybe it’s the end of the work day and you are supposed to go out for a run but all you want to do is collapse on the couch. You have no energy to do anything.
Sound familiar? Yeah, for me too!
This is one of the most common scenarios presented to me as a coach and trainer:
“I have no energy to workout!”
This is a really hard one because the conventional wisdom out there in the fitness community—Have some willpower and do it anyway! You’ll feel better/more energized afterwards—is making it worse.
Both willpower and energy are finite resources.
And let’s be real, sometimes you’re just tapped out and you should take a break. In those moments, the focus on willpower makes it less likely that you’ll give your body the rest it leads. Enter overtraining coupled with the feeling that somehow you are not good enough, that you should be “good” and workout through your exhaustion.
That used to be me. I used to never take rest days, because that would be weak and lazy. I worked out while sick, exhausted, and in pain. All that got me was stalled progress, injuries, and a sense of self-worth that depended on how many miles I ran.
Needless to say, I don’t take this approach with my clients. Although working out is important (and can improve energy levels), it should never be forced on a body that’s exhausted.
So, my answer to the energy problem is not more willpower, it is all about creating an environment and routine that are conducive to a client’s goals. We’ll chat through how she’s managing her energy, day-to-day, address energy drains, and figure out where exercise fits into the overall picture.
If you’re struggling to find energy to get through your workouts, try these three steps to improve your energy balance.
Identify if your workout routine is the problem
If a workout program is too intense for your fitness level, your body will have a very hard time recovering well, leading to over-tiredness.
Get in bed fifteen minutes earlier for one week
Very few of us get enough sleep, and it’s exceptionally hard to get into the habit of going to bed “early” if you always go to bed at a certain time. So, instead of thinking about what time you go to sleep, just get in the bed sooner. This will help you begin to unwind a bit sooner, and hopefully improve your sleep quality. Do this consistently for a week, and take stock of your energy levels again.
Plan your rest days
Just like you plan your workouts, take a few minutes each week to pick days that you will not workout. Take a look at your week, and figure out the days you are most likely to feel drained. Schedule your rest days then! I generally suggest at least two rest days per week.
Above all, know it’s a constantly evolving process, and we all need to re-assess our energy in different situations. If you’d like to build a training and stress-free nutrition plan that fits into your holiday schedule, my Winter Shape Up & Sculpt Program is perfect for you! Be sure to get on the waitlist (and get an exclusive real-time workout video) below.
What’s your favorite way to recharge?