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Why I’ve Quit Exercise

Because I’m tired! That doesn’t mean you have to give up exercise; after all if you are too tired to exercise, do you not have any energy. However, if you are working on increasing your energy, the easiest way to do that is to work out.

I love to train, but sometimes, I want to go home. I know some of you already know this, but if you are interested, I am sharing that I quit training, at least for the moment. I can go more than a year or two before I have the energy to exercise. In fact I have quit several times in the past year and a half, each time because I felt exhausted and needed to rest and refuel. Now that I am working in a busy office environment, I have the added challenge of getting enough sleep (often 5 or 6 hours per night). I have never been able to get up in the morning after the gym without feeling weak, exhausted, and sore all over. I have been working out for years. I’ve been reading books about it, training, taking supplements–all the things you do before a gym. What I have discovered is that, if you work out, like other people can do (or are trying to do), you will gain energy. In fact you will gain energy and have better moods, and you will have no more of this nasty burning feeling in your legs or arms at night.

The problem is that, if you are not using an adequate amount of your body before a workout, the muscle you are strengthening will not get strong, that is, the muscle will not get bigger. This will mean you won’t be able to lift the heavy weights that you want to lift, and you will likely experience the symptoms of the burning. When you become an endurance athlete, however, you want to work out for an extended period of time.

So that’s what I did. I had an important meeting with my bosses so I needed something to do. A good book to read and then workout for about 45 minutes. When I came back to my apartment, I was totally exhausted, but I decided to workout again. It was like a switch went on in my head, I knew that I needed to do so much more work after the meeting, plus I needed to be on point with my body as the meeting was wrapping up. Even after all that, I started feeling fatigued again from about 8 to 10 hours of training. I was not ready to do it another day.

So I quit. I told the people I was with that I had to go. They were more than understanding, I can honestly say they are my best friends now. I took it really hard (as I am sure it was hard for the people who are training too). But my feeling is that my health has not suffered for the first time in years. So, now I am back to being an endurance athlete. I am back to getting some sleep early in the morning, and I’m starting to get better about keeping a routine. In the long run I know that when I am getting enough rest I will be able to do much more than I ever imagined before. I’m not sure exactly when (this is only my 3rd year) but hopefully I will be back to doing what I’ve always done. I know I’ll be back to training, but when, it will take some planning. I have been to my coaches about taking the gym next door, and I’ll be doing more of the same thing, just with different trainers from here to there, and different types of equipment.

I hope to hear from you all. I’ve thought a lot about these kinds of things. I know I will probably do some other things, maybe write about them, I think so. But, as I continue making better use of my time, I want to be more in tune with how I am spending it, and in how I am improving on what I already do. There is just so much that we can do to make our lives better, and many of us do a very good job. I may not always be happy, happy is good, and I want to make sure that I can enjoy the small things in life and still make them count.