Why Does Working Out Feel So Hard Some Days?

Published: 01/12/2022

By Gabrielle Neuhaus-Harsh

Even if you have a really good workout routine and are an avid exerciser, we all get those days where we just aren’t feeling it as much. Why is that?

There are a couple factors that could be making you feel off your game, one important thing to remember is to not force yourself so that you don’t get injured.

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Here are 3 things that could be affecting your workout:

1. What You Eat

One thing that could be making you workout harder is what you are putting in your body. There is a saying that “food is fuel,” so fueling your body with the proper nutrients should be high up on your list. You need energy to get through a workout and the best way to do that is with complex carbs.

2. Improper Recovery

Exercising puts a strain on your body – a good strain, but a strain at that. In order to keep your body going for your next workout, you need rest in many ways.

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For instance, you need rest in the sense of taking a whole rest day just to let your muscles and body recover from all the work you did to it. Some other ways to help your body recover faster could be stretching, yoga, or foam rolling. On top of helping your body recover, you need to make sure that you are regularly getting the proper amount of sleep every night. Your muscles recover the most at night while you are sleeping so it’s definitely important. You need to give your body enough time to recover.

3. Mental Health

It’s important to note that your body isn’t the only thing that can hold you back from working out. When you’re not in the right mindset, working out can be the last on your list of things to do. But, getting your blood pumping is just the thing many people need when there is a lack of motivation.

The truth is, people who actually workout regularly have better mental health and emotional wellbeing, as well as lower mental illness. It can boost your energy, increase concentration, and produce endorphins which help make you happy. The best part is, you don’t need a huge WOD to get you feeling this way. You can simply take a walk to get your body moving gently, which will give you the same results.

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There are a number of other small factors that could be making your workout harder on certain days, but there is a pretty good chance that once one of these are improved, you’ll feel better. The main thing to remember is that it happens to everyone and that if you aren’t feeling it, it could be a good decision to skip that day so as to not injure yourself.

How do you combat a day where you don’t feel like working out?

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