Energy Levels And Exercise
Working out is really important for so many different reasons. First of all, it’s great for your cardiovascular health and for your heart, it’s great for shedding those unsightly pounds and building muscles, and so much more too. Regular exercise can improve flexibility, balance, coordination, concentration, and even help combat the effects of old age. Also, regular physical activity can help prevent and manage diabetes, heart and lung disease, and a whole array of bone and joint diseases too. The simple act of exercise is also great for the mind in terms of beating depression and feeling happier.
Many people seem to lack the motivation to work out on a regular basis though. This lack of motivation could be caused by a whole variety of things, but one of the most common reasons that people aren’t motivated to workout is because they just don’t have the energy to do it. Most people work long and hard hours, and after a long day of work it can be really hard to work up the energy to lift weights or engage in cardio training. Having a lack of energy is definitely one the biggest reasons that people just don’t work out.
Yet, the long hours that you work and all of the other stressfully aspects of a long day usually aren’t the reasons for this lack of energy. Many people, even when they actually begin working out, find that they don’t have the energy to go for very long, and that’s definitely a problem if you want to lose weight and build muscle. Here are some of the top reasons as to why many people lack the energy to work out and what you can do to combat the causes.
Lack of Carbohydrates
The main source of fuel that your body uses to function, and that includes working out, are carbohydrates. Carbs are the number one fuel source that your body turns to when you are exerting yourself physically, and if you don’t have enough of them, then you may run into a problem. One of the reasons that many people find themselves without enough energy to complete their workout routine is due to a lack of carbs in their system.
There is a reason that serious marathon runners, weight lifters, and all other professional athletes engage in carb loading the day before or even the day of their planned exercise or competitive event, and that’s because carbs mean energy. Your body needs both simple carbs which can easily be broken down by the body to provide short term energy, and it needs complex carbs as well. Complex carbs are slower to break down in your body and thus provide long term energy.
Eating things like bread, pasta, and all other forms of food that contain flour are very important when it comes to gaining and maintaining enough energy to get through any workout routine. Be sure to load up on carbs the day before your workout as well as several hours before your workout too. Keep in mind that eating too soon before a workout is not good either because exercising with a full stomach is not at all comfortable.
Lack of Sleep
Another factor that plays a large role in having enough energy to exercise is how much sleep you get. Many people who find themselves without the energy to exercise also don’t sleep right. Your body needs at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night in order to be fully rested; some people need 7 and some need 9 hours to be fully rested. Whatever the right amount of sleep is for you, it is crucial to get enough shut eye if you wish to be able to exercise right. When you sleep is when your body regains the most energy and heals from daily stress, and it’s also the time when your muscles recover from a long day of physical activity.