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SANDYR59 SparkPoints: (142)
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5/27/14 2:11 P

The morning after, when your muscles are sore and you know you worked out hard the day before. Also the first meal after exercise, especially if it is a smoothie.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (388,440)
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5/27/14 1:14 P

Running on my treadmill really invigorates me

REGINAROLLINS SparkPoints: (66,618)
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5/27/14 9:24 A

of being able to take a deep breath after exercising---invigorating!!!!

YVONNEL7 Posts: 20
5/27/14 3:04 A

I wish I could feel like that all the time but it only happens when I am outdoors during a long cardio session

GIVEMEFRIES SparkPoints: (8,868)
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5/25/14 7:16 P

I only start to feel 10 minutes after my exercise.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (78,163)
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5/25/14 11:21 A

Most people will not feel energized if they train at an intensity beyond their capability. If you train at the level of intensity that your body can comfortably handle, you will feel energized. Yet, without training beyond the current intensity level, there won't be progress!

It is a bad idea to push oneself every exercise session (which would lead to burn out). It is however necessary to push it regularly (with sufficient recovery in between) so that some progress is achieved.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 5/25/2014 (11:24)
MAYBER SparkPoints: (120,147)
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5/23/14 11:28 P

My main exercise right now is walking our two dogs at this time of year it is so nice to see the flowers blooming the trees getting leaves and people working in their gardens and yards
One day at a time love prayers peace

ELLI20 Posts: 4,467
5/11/14 12:21 A

I don't get a "high" from working out either, but it definitely feels good.

MTN_KITTEN SparkPoints: (136,686)
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5/9/14 1:51 P

I feel high emotionally coz I have done something for me.

Physically I am tired, sweaty but pumped ... coz I have done something for me.

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
5/9/14 10:45 A

Generally immediately after a workout I just feel exhausted. Then a few hours later I start feeling better. Not necessarily the rush that others talk about, but my mood starts lifting and the soreness from the workout starts going away.
I think since everyone is different, than everyone is going to feel different after a workout. It's okay to feel different than another person. As long as you are working out correctly, and don't actually have pain I don't think everyone is going to feel great afterwards.

5/9/14 8:20 A

I don't get a "high" from working out but I definitely feel good. Even though I'm tired, my mood is elevated somewhat, either from the endorphins or the increased blood flow to the brain. If nothing else, there is that sense of accomplishment -- did it, good job.

CAROLINAGIRL69 SparkPoints: (112,293)
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5/9/14 7:47 A

"I sleep better and feel both physically and emotionally better when I exercise. Exercise is my Prozac and Ambien."

This is true for me as well.

MAPFARMS SparkPoints: (113,375)
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5/9/14 7:19 A

Walk and strength training

FLORADITA SparkPoints: (63,612)
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5/8/14 11:01 P

I am addicted to that "high", it is what keeps me working out 6-8 hours a week. It usually kicks in about 1/3 of the way into my workout and it feels wonderful. Though I may feel tired afterwards there is an inner calm that stays with me the whole day long. I sleep better and feel both physically and emotionally better when I exercise. Exercise is my Prozac and Ambien.

Edited by: FLORADITA at: 5/8/2014 (23:02)
SAMMYRAE2401 Posts: 131
5/8/14 11:37 A

I typically feel the "high" you talk of, but here comes the but. I don't work out nearly as much in the winter due to many factors including I live in Wisconsin and prefer to hibernate :) Every year when I get back into working out, the first few weeks I often feel drained after a workout. Since you said you have had time off, I'd bet this is the case. Did you ever have the "high" before?? If you did, I bet you will again after some time.

LAURELTOO SparkPoints: (564)
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5/8/14 7:49 A

I don't always feel great after a workout, but I definitely feel drained if my iron levels are getting low. Aside from that its not an everyday thing for me to feel that great after a workout. I tend to feel best after weight workouts, some people best after running, etc. And of course if you feel great you are more likely to stick with it. So I'd definitely encourage you to try some other forms of exercise too

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (36,593)
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5/8/14 6:46 A

I have waited all my life for the elusive exercise "high". Despite being a competitive athlete in high school, I have never gotten to that state; mostly I am sweaty and tired. However, I just keep thinking about how much better I sleep at night, how much stronger I am, how much weight I am losing, and plod on, sweaty and tired.

LARISSA_NY Posts: 200
5/7/14 7:49 P

It could be you're not giving yourself a chance to recover adequately. It could be you're not used to vigorous exercise. It could be that you're doing something you don't enjoy. It could be the time of day. It could be your pre- or post-workout nutrition, or your nutrition in general. It could be depression or anxiety. It could be a sign of illnesses like anemia, fibromyalgia, heart disease, or cancer. It could be aliens.

Basically, there's no way to answer your question without knowing what you're doing, how often and for how long and at what intensity you're doing it, whether you're enjoying it, and whether you're eating enough to support it. Give specifics and people can help you troubleshoot.

5/7/14 6:18 P

for me it depends on the exercise. Running/jogging, i feel pretty tired. but I tried Zumba the past couple of days and I feel hyper and happy when it's over and i can't wait to do it again tonight.

SHARBEAR100 Posts: 107
5/7/14 3:53 P

I definitely need to ease back in after being away for awhile, but I always feel somewhat drained after every workout. I prefer to workout at night for just that reason. I can then have a healthy dinner and go to bed in a couple hours. On the other hand, if I don't feel anything but energized after a workout, I feel like I didn't work hard enough. Start slow and just keep slowly building. I may not have that wonderful feeling after a workout, but I sure do after I've had time to recover!

CHARRIS1977 SparkPoints: (814)
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5/7/14 2:44 P

Thanks for the feedback. I fell of the exercise wagon back in February and am just getting starting again. That could be the reason. Guess I need to ease back in.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (194,605)
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5/7/14 2:20 P


I agree. You might not be doing anything wrong. Many people talk about the endorphin rush an intense workout can provide. But, it doesn't happen all the time. Some days, you will have workouts that feel like they are draining the energy right out of our body. Why ? lots of different reasons ranging from how we sleep, what we eat, how stressful our day was, are we sick, etc...

How long have you been exercising ? Did you recently increase the amount of activity you do ? If so, you may just need to give your body more time to adapt to the change in routine. And well, you may be doing too much too soon for your body to handle. If you went from completely sedentary to doing an hour workout a day, that would cause that energy drain you're describing.

What to do ? You might try cutting back on the number of workouts you do per week. If you're currently striving for 6, you might try 3-4 to see how your body adapts.

CHARRIS1977 SparkPoints: (814)
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5/7/14 1:45 P

I have been sleeping great....8 to 9 hours of sleep per night.

CAROLINAGIRL69 SparkPoints: (112,293)
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5/7/14 1:27 P

How are you sleeping? I feel great after a workout if I've been sleeping well. This week, I haven't gotten as much sleep as usual and I don't feel so great after my workouts. But I still feel better than if I hadn't done them at all.

CHARRIS1977 SparkPoints: (814)
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5/7/14 1:06 P

Thanks for the feedback!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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5/7/14 1:02 P

Nothing. Depending on the intensity of a workout I can feel either way. If it's yoga, I'm probably going to walk out feeling more energetic and relaxed than when I walk in. If it's strength training or running, I'll walk out feeling wrung out and exhausted, but very accomplished since I knew I pushed myself to the absolute limit. After about an hour (and a long hot shower) I definitely feel a lot better.

CHARRIS1977 SparkPoints: (814)
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5/7/14 12:46 P

Everyone tells me that they just feel so good after exercising (rejuvenated, refreshed, pumped, etc.) I must be doing something wrong! I feel draining and like someone hit me with a truck. What am I doing wrong?

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