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6 Reasons Your Workout Feels Harder Than It Should

There are some days when you feel like you can work out forever, and then there are days when you get tired after 15 minutes. The days when you have to quit are frustrating, but your body may tell you something. Here are some of the most common reasons why your workouts may be harder than they should be for a few days.

You Don't Drink Enough

If you are trying to train your exercise, you cannot drink enough fluid. Exercise starts to suffer when you lose as little as 2% of your body water. When that happens, you will feel tired and less motivated to exercise. When you reach the 5% dehydration level, you can feel the effect. Don't rely on thirst to tell you when you need to drink. It usually comes after you've lost too much fluid. Keep a bottle of water during exercise, and take between 5 and 10 ounces every 15 minutes while you exercise, and drink 15-20 ounces before starting exercise. If you plan a session that lasts longer than an hour, drink a sports drink containing electrolytes.

You Do Not Eat Your Nutrition

If you feel exposed during intense training, you may be depleted of glycogen. This is more likely to happen if you do high intensity exercise in the morning. During high intensity exercises, your body uses mainly glycogen as a fuel source, and if you work hard, your glycogen store can hit rock bottom after 1 to 2 hours. Not only do you feel tired, but you have to slow down. You are less likely to be overweight if you work at moderate intensity because your body mainly burns fat at lower intensity.

If you exercise hard, get a snack with about 30 to 40 grams of carbohydrate before exercising. If you rush a piece of fruit or the energy bar will work. If you plan on working for more than an hour, bring a sports drink.

You're too much

If you regularly get tired of exercising or have trouble getting regular exercise and you are spending many hours at the gym, you may be overdoing it. Take a few days to let your body rest and recover. Other symptoms include an increase in heart rate, lack of appetite, weight loss, muscle pain, difficulty recovering from exercise, increased susceptibility to colds and flu, changes in sleep patterns and a desire to work. If you experience these symptoms, you may need longer rest periods.

You Have Uncommitted Medical Problems

A number of medical issues including diabetes and inactive thyroid can make exercise more difficult. One of the more common causes, especially among women, is iron deficiency anemia. If fatigue is a chronic problem, consult your doctor.

You Can't Get Enough Sleep

Your training may seem more difficult than usual because you do not get enough sleep. Make it your goal to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. When you don't get enough sleep, exercise can be more challenging, and you risk catching the cold and flu at the gym because your resistance to infection will be lower.

You're bored

Sometimes boredom can make exercise seem more difficult because your nervous system rebounds against doing the same exercise over and over again. Don't let tedium cause you to lose your spirits and turn into foolishness. Try new routines, and get excited. It will also help you out of the plateau.



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