15 Reasons Why You May Be Feeling Tired During Your Workout from 15 Reasons Why You May Be Feeling Tired During Your Workout

15 Reasons Why You May Be Feeling Tired During Your Workout

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15 Reasons Why You May Be Feeling Tired During Your Workout

You’re energized but all of a sudden, halfway through your workout, exhaustion comes over you.

According to Active, “overtraining, stress, or many other external factors can cause fatigue, but many cases of fatigue are attributable to a lack of iron in the blood, a condition known as anemia.”

Exhaustion can be a result of health problems, overtraining, illness and even depression. Other contributing factors include certain medications such as antidepressants, feelings of stress, eating junk food and dehydration.

Many individuals ignore daytime fatigue and assume it’s normal. But the reality is that it could be a sign of something much worse.

According to the National Institute on Aging, “you may feel tired all the time because of medical problems and treatments, emotions, or even personal habits.” But if you’ve struggled with fatigue lasting over 6 months, talk to your doctor to see if it may be chronic fatigue syndrome.

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You’re not getting enough sleep

Have you considered the impact of a good night’s sleep on your workouts? It’s imperative to get enough sleep or you will feel sluggish, fatigued and weak. According to bodybuilding.com, “rest is one of the most important principles of exercise and often the most overlooked.”

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Asthma

Asthma has the tendency to cause fatigue. If you are experiencing it, you may catch yourself sighing and yawning at the gym (The 13 Best and Worst Workouts for Asthma). It also can cause difficulty sleeping. According to Everyday Health, “constantly waking up at night coughing or feeling as though you can’t breathe could be a sign that you have asthma.” “If you’re not sleeping well because of asthma, you could be extremely fatigued during the day.”

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Your diet

If your muscles are not receiving the proper nutrients, you will not have enough energy for your workout. According to WebMD, “your muscles rely on carbohydrate foods like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables for quick energy.” You also need “protein for your muscles and for your blood cells, which bring nutrients and oxygen to your muscles.” (See the 26 Foods with Superpowers).

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You are dehydrated

Dehydration could be a main cause of why you are fatigued during your workout. Did you know that water makes up around two-thirds of the human body? That being said, if you don’t hydrate before and during your workout you are very likely to feel tired (especially if you are exercising outdoors).

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Thyroid issues

The first symptom of Hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormone) doctors mention is feeling very tired all the time. If you have no energy in the morning even though you slept well, your thyroid may be underactive. This could cause fatigue during your workouts. Make sure you see a doctor if you are experiencing anxiousness, forgetfulness, high blood pressure or any other symptoms related to this illness.

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Allergies

Spring has arrived and we are experiencing allergies now more than ever. Nasal drip and congestion are key allergy symptoms — along with eye, nose, and throat itch, throat pain, sneezing, chronic sinus headaches, and a nagging cough or cold. If you are experiencing the symptoms associated with allergies this could be why you are fatigued during your workout. Take a day to rest and get better. Then get back to your workout routine.

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You’re going through hormonal changes

Studies have shown that hormonal changes may cause fatigue. Live Strong explains that your body’s production of cortisol (the stress hormone) is known to be a hormonal change. “The concentration of cortisol decreases during the early stages of exercise, but then begins to rise during prolonged exercise, usually after about an hour. The overproduction of cortisol may be a factor in fatigue as the body changes hormone production.”

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You’re not recovering

You may be feeling tired if you are not giving yourself enough recovery time. Olympic medalist and long distance runner Meb Keflezighi believes you should rest “one day longer than you think you should so you don’t relapse.”

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Depression

Lack of sleep and depression are very much associated with one another. Therefore, individuals suffering from depression may have a tendency to feel tired during their workouts. According to WebMD, “over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression.“ They also explain that poor sleep can lead to fatigue (6 Things That Make Depression Worse). “With fatigue, you exercise less and that leads to a decline in your fitness level.”

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You’re anemic

Anemia symptoms include extreme fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath and fast heartbeat. WebMD explains: “It's a disorder that makes it hard for your blood to move oxygen around your body.” If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your doctor; he may recommend an iron supplement or an iron-rich diet (16 Supplements That Actually Work).

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Medication

Certain medications can cause you to feel tired. For instance, blood pressure medications, antibiotics and antidepressants all have the same symptom- fatigue. Make sure you carefully read the labels on your medications. If fatigue is a side effect, that could be the cause of your sluggishness during workouts.

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You’re anxious

The constant worry, panic and racing thoughts are just some of the many emotions associated with anxiety disorders. Therefore, trying to workout while experiencing feelings of anxiety can be counterproductive. Worrying about life’s stresses is depleting your energy.

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You’re overtraining

Training for consecutive days in a row can break you down (6 Times it’s Okay to Skip the Gym). This will cause you to feel overly tired during your workouts. It also puts a strain on your body and can be harmful to your immune system.

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You are doing the same routine over and over

Spice up your workouts by adding variety. Sometimes we fall into the habit of doing the same set over and over again. This can become very exhausting and, quite frankly, very boring (6 Ways to Make Exercising More Fun).

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You skipped breakfast

We have all rushed through the morning and have forgotten to eat breakfast. But it’s true when they say; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to the Washington Times, when we wake up in the morning, our glucose stores are low which means we have no energy and we need food. Breakfast also provides you with the proper nutrients and gets your metabolism moving for the day ahead. Therefore, without your morning meal you are likely to feel tired during your daily workout.

15 Reasons Why You May Be Feeling Tired During Your Workout