Hey everyone! I'm a college student and with finals underway right now I am hardly getting any sleep! Last night I didn't even get one hour, but I did get in an hour nap. Anyways I have always found working out to wake me up. So I dragged myself to the gym, and yes it did kind of wake me up, but part of me feels like I shouldn't be worrying about getting to the gym right now. What do you guys think? Should I continue to get to the gym in order to keep myself going or should I just give it a rest for now. Is there any harm done working out when tired? I know everyone says to give your body time to rest, but I always took this theory as meaning your muscles need to time to recover. I'm also eating a lot more now, healthy stuff, like last night i ate a bunch of chicken breats and egg whites throughout the night, so i am making up for the extra time I'm awake....but any thoughts?
Thread: Working Out When Tired
04-27-2005, 08:47 PM #1
Working Out When Tired
04-27-2005, 09:44 PM #2
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I think it all comes down to what works for you. I am also a student and I find I HAVE to workout around exam time to keep myself sane and give myself a bit of a break. But maybe you aren't like me... To answer your question, there is no harm to taking a week or two off to concentrate on your exams.
04-27-2005, 10:12 PM #3
When we sleep our body releases the largest amount of growth hormone for the day to repair our muscles, so lack of sleep will affect your recovery, so what you are doing in the gym may produce limited results. Dont be afraid to take a week off or so, it wont hinder your progress and if anything will benefit you because you are not placing your body under undue-stress. Recent research has also shown that lack of sleep results in higher levels of cortisol secretion, which results in the breakdown of muscle.
here are some interesting articles:
04-27-2005, 11:28 PM #4
I love to work out and I will choose working out over some sort of "restful" activity any day of the week...but even I need to take an extra day off every once in awhile.
This morning, for example. I wasn't feeling well during my workout, so rather than push myself through a very uncomfortable workout and risk injuring myself because I was so tired I was having trouble with my usual weights and my coordination was off, I chose to stop halfway through and go home.
I think if you're so tired its affecting your ability to function, you shouldn't work out. If you're just a little tired and you'd rather work out than take a power nap, that's fine...just make sure you're giving yourself enough recovery time.
You don't want to be so tired for your exams that you blow them...some things ARE more important than going to the gym.
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04-28-2005, 03:26 AM #5
Its not a good idea to push yourself to do something when your body is not very well prepared. If you end up injuring yourself because you're over-tired, you won't be able to workout for a long time, so ts far more economic to give yourself a break from the gym if you're very busy. A couple of weeks won't harm the progress you've made already (I was surprised that I hadn't lost any strength after a workout lapse of about 6 weeks the other day!), whereas getting injured will.
04-28-2005, 07:05 AM #6
If I were you mate, I'd lay off the gym whilst you're not getting any sleep. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. Yeah, you'll still get a bit of a buzz from working out, but you don't want to risk hurting yourself. Take a week or two off. If you really want to do something, go for a run to keep your body used to exercise.
04-28-2005, 07:54 AM #7
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04-28-2005, 08:17 AM #9Originally Posted by UmmYourFace
-Good Luck!!Right now it doesn't matter what the results will be.
Whats more important is that you test the waters. You share the story.. you add a different aspect to your recovery..
Leap and the net will appear..
04-28-2005, 10:36 AM #10
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04-28-2005, 06:44 PM #12
I remember those days. Do you really think you are going to be any good when taking your finals if you aren't sleeping now? It gets to a point that your brain doesn't retain any of the info anyway, so why not get some good sleep? Then you can fit in a quick workout in your breaks just to destress and clear your head. Your body is eventually going to crash. And workouts are better than NO Doz which was common in my day.A Mommy's work is never done- but we get paid in Hugs & Kisses!
04-29-2005, 12:49 AM #13