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4/13/13 9:37 A

You MUST incorporate rest days into your exercise routine!!! I promise I understand the temptation to exercise every day and then feel like a failure if a day goes by and I don't....I have changed my thinking about this after several members told me that you have to have time for your body to recover from the previous days workout....on your rest days is when you are building and repairing may even find yourself hungrier on rest days than days you exercise hard.

Remember, you actually burn a lot of calories while you are sleeping!!!!!! If you aren't sleeping enough, your performance when you are awake will struggle.

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4/12/13 9:05 A

If you are exhausted, that may be a sign that you are OVERTRAINING. Contrary to popular belief, more is not better with exercise. If you have to push through it, then you are overdoing it.

Check out this article that explains the signs of overtraining, and when to back off:

From the article:

"The cause of overtraining is simple. You’re not resting enough to allow your body time to recover, or you’re doing the same exercises too much. Here are some common symptoms of overtraining:

Feeling tired, drained, and lacking energy
General body aches or mild muscle soreness
A decrease in performance
Inability to complete workouts
Lack of motivation"

Your body and mind get stronger through rest... not exercise! Working out more will not make you lose weight faster, either.

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4/11/13 10:47 P

Listen to your body. Rest

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4/11/13 8:46 P

Sleep more. Eat a wide variety of real foods. Love yourself and use positive self-talk :)

Edited by: HOUSEOFATLAS at: 4/11/2013 (20:46)

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4/11/13 3:28 P

I agree with other posters, it may be that you're not eating enough calories (or the wrong kinds)

I just started SP about a week and a half ago and I haven't had this much energy in years.

Hope you feel better soon!

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4/11/13 2:55 P


You don't have your food diary posted, so I'm not sure what or how much you've been eating.

When a person decides to lose weight, some times they drastically cut their calories and increase the amount of exercise they do. This can cause fatigue because your body doesn't have enough energy (calories) to be able to do the increased amount of exercise as well as your normal daily activities.

food = energy and no food = no energy

So, if you've recently increased the amount of exercise you do, you may have to increase the amount you eat to ensure you have enough calories to sustain any extra exercise. Also, if you recently did increase the amount of exercise you do, that too could be the cause of your fatigue if you were mainly sedentary.

a person should slowly ease into a regular exercise routine so that your exercise will become just that, a routine. If you try to exercise an hour a day when you've never done that before, that would cause fatigue. Start slowly.

Have you been under any unusual stress ? Are you having problems at home, work, school, family or relationship ? When a person is stressed out with worry or anxious about something, that too can cause fatigue.

Can you tell us a bit more about what you've been eating, how much you've been eating, how much exercise you get, etc.. The more you tell us, the better we can answer your question. Right now, we're just taking educated guesses.

The worse case scenario for fatigue in women is heart disease. Most women don't realize it, but fatigue is a symptom of heart disease. Is this your problem ? We don't know, but it's something women should be aware of.

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4/11/13 2:48 P

I have been feeling over exhausted as well but I had a bug two days ago and I think it kept me from eating as much as I would normally. I do my same workout and that has added to the exhaustion. I think I am close to my maximum weight loss so that may also be a factor. I don't look emaciated but I am thin. I just want to loose all the flab. Not sure what myu ideal weight should be.

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4/11/13 12:53 P

Tell us a little bit more about your exercise, nutrition, and sleep habits. Some questions that come to mind: How many calories are you eating? What's your nutrition like--are you eating too many carbs? Not enough carbs? How much sleep do you get in a day? How much exercise are you doing?

Common mistakes that people make--working out a lot and not eating enough calories to fuel the body. Eating within a calorie range but not making healthy foods (junk does not make good fuel).

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4/11/13 12:50 P

Are you eating enough to support your level of activity? Make sure your profile here reflects an accurate number of calories you're burning each week, so that the calorie range it gives you is enough to fuel your workouts.

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4/11/13 12:25 P

Hi everyone in Sparkpeople land!

I have been very tried lately. I don't know exactly why, but I have. I have to literally force myself to exercise. I went to the doctors and he stated that I should be using a multivitamin, but I take them. I don't know what's wrong!!! I'm staying motivated because I have a goal that I must reach. I have already envisioned myself thin emoticon , LOL!!, so I must achieve my goal. Any suggestion on how to gain energy?

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