I'm pretty sure everyone will recognize this feeling. You've planned several workouts this week but when the time comes, you don't feel like it.
How to deal with these situations? When should you go with the flow and when should you push yourself in working out anyway?
Oh how I envy Sleeping Beauty ...
Working out takes planning, motivation and perseverance. But what if feeling tired throws a spanner in the works? That sucks, I totally agree! But how to deal with it properly?
First of all, why are you tired?
Is it because:
If so, then maybe you could actually use a little workout to clear your head and to get rid of all the stress you're surrounded by. Even Though I know you feel like crashing in your bed or in front of the television.
Step out of this downward spiral and try something new!
Or do you feel tired because you:
If this is the case, you should consider taking a step back and taking a day or two to re-evaluate. Because working out is one thing, but I'm pretty sure the reason you work out is to feel healthy, more energized, confident about yourself, ....? If you're lacking sleep, feeling sick, getting overworked, .. working out won't help getting things in order again.
Here it's more important to listen to your body and adjust your workout-scheme so that you can keep combining all your to-do's without overdoing yourself.
So take action and plan more, go to bed early so that you have at least 8 hours of sleep, eat and drink enough (don't eat less, just eat right) and set priorities. You don't have to do everything on your own.
Finding a healthy and active balance in combination with work, household, kids, family, ... takes planning but also support from your close circle. So have a talk with your partner (and kids if they're already old enough to support you in reaching your fit-goals) about why you want to workout, what your goals are, ... you'll be surprised how hard their support will motivate you and help you in reaching your personal fit-goals. I promise!
Don't stop when you're tired, stop when you're done!
Before feeling overjoyed, there are of course other situations in which you do have to push yourself just a little more in order to reach your goals.
So no, it's not always best to give in to your feelings of demotivation. In most of the situations actually it's necessary that you do jump in your workout clothes even though you might not be feeling like it!
One big tip, that's always helped me get through these moments, is don't overthink it too much!
Just put on your shoes as planned, step outside and go!
Don't start thinking about all the other things you still have to do like preparing dinner, cleaning the house, washing a huge pile of dirty clothes, ... there will literally always be something that still has to be done. But for now, the only thing you have to think about is clearing your head and going for a run/walk/ride/swim/... anything you've got planned!
Now get your lazy ass up and going!
Hi, mijn naam is Lena en als gediplomeerd sportcoach wil ik de mensen rond mij motiveren, inspireren & helpen om hun leven over een gezonde(re) boeg te gooien