I finally got my act together and started exercising regularly. Why am I so damn tired, and when will it stop?
April 10, 2010 8:36 PM Subscribe
After far too long of insufficient physical activity, I had a come to Flying Spaghetti Monster moment and realized I had to start again and find a pace that would keep me going for the rest of my life. I'm used to feeling better after exercising, but right now I've been solidly exhausted since the second week. When will I stop being so tired?
posted by micawber to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
This is my 7th week of exercising 4x a week. Two days I do 30 minutes of the elliptical machine and 20 minutes of weights. one day I do 45 minutes of cardio, either elliptical and bike or just bike. One day I do 45 minutes of cardio and a full upper and lower body weight circuit. I add a day or two of 15-20 mins of yoga (which I need for sanity/stretching) and would like to add a full 90 mins of yoga when I get stronger.
This is a sustainable, realistic program for me. I enjoy it but am challenged. I am gaining strength and stamina. I am 100% committed to continuing this because if not I will get ill, gain weight, and just won't have the energy to do the things I love. I am honestly just terrified of the decline and need to stop it. (I am in my mid40s.) It also helped with my stress which helped with my chronic headaches. All of this is good.
What's the problem? I'm exhausted. ALL THE TIME. The first week I had that great adrenaline but now I'm just tired non-stop. I had more energy before I started working out. When will this change? This has never happened before (except one time, see below). Usually when I exercise regularly I have energy, adrenaline, etc. I am sleeping better, have color in my face, etc. and other positive effects, but the exhaustion is bumming me out and starting to take over my life.
(The only time I experienced something similar is when I did 30 days in a row of Bikram Yoga about 5 years ago, but I expected to be tired with something so strenuous.)
I work out in the morning before work. (I have to do this. It takes more energy to get my pulse rate up but if I wait until after work, I just won't go.) I get up between 5:45 and 6am. I am getting at least 6 hours of sleep, I am trying to get more, but it's tough. But it's as much as I got before I started this working out.
I've always eaten pretty healthily, my biggest problem is portion control, working out helps in curbing appetite and solves that problem. I don't each much red meat or processed foods, I don't drink soda, I drink a lot of water. I drink one cup of coffee a day at the most.
I know, you're not my doctor, but my doctor said "Increase your physical activity, you need to exercise" so before I go to her with "why am I so tired" I want to know if I'm doing something obviously wrong.