Workouts can vary from day to day, and not every day is destined to be your best. Some days, you hit your workout feeling energized and powerful. You finish knowing you gave it your all, leaving nothing on the table. Other days, you struggle.
Why does this happen? Here are five things that could be just the thing that’s zapping your zing.
I’m all for hitting it hard during your workouts, but since exercise breaks down your muscles, constantly pushing yourself and training on back-to-back days can break you down. Listen to your body, and take an extra day to recharge if needed. If you can’t stand to do nothing, plan an “active” recovery day that includes yoga, or swimming.
You’re not sleeping enough.
Sleep is the body’s time to repair itself from the physical stress it goes through in a day. Better sleep equals better recovery. Working out on no sleep means your body hasn’t fully recovered from your workout the day before. And if you put your body through another strenuous workout the day after not getting a good night’s sleep, the effects will only begin to multiply.
Dehydration affects your mind and body, and the more dehydrated you are, the more you’ll start to struggle with your workout. Since even slight dehydration can cause a big drop in energy levels, head off the problem by making water your go-to drink all day.
You’re not eating right.
Making smart food choices is essential to a successful workout. Stick to nutrient dense whole foods containing clean carbohydrates (brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potatoes), healthy fats (nuts, olive oil) and lean proteins (chicken breast, egg whites, fish).
You’re just having a bad day.
Whether it’s a frustrating day at the office or your car decides to break down, bad days are sometimes unavoidable. If you’re stressed, you are more vulnerable to the emotional effects of poor performance and mood swings, and more likely to experience discouragement and fluctuating self-esteem.
The next time you feel as if you’re dragging yourself through quicksand during a workout, consider these five things that could be just the thing that’s making your workout feel like it sucks.
Get ready to learn:
- What may be causing you to struggle during a workout
- What is important to keep fatigue away during your workouts
- How workouts are a mental and emotional battle and impact your workouts
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