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Should I exercise when tired?

Asked by BraveWarrior (1326 points ) October 9th, 2009

Went to sleep way too late last night and got about ½ as many hours of sleep as normal. Work is a 9–5 desk job and I am both mentally and physically tired & dragging. M, W, F I normally go to the gym for 30 mins on treadmill & a couple of machines (no free weights) for about an hour workout. Drive from work to gym is about 25 mins & from gym to home about 20 mins. Do you think I should push myself to workout today even though I’m so tired or should I skip today?

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airowDee's avatar

you should, you will feel better afterward.

marinelife's avatar

It can re-energize you.

On the other hand, if you are so exhausted you can’t think clearly or are dropping things, consider going home and going for a long walk or a bike ride.

Fyrius's avatar

Meh, I don’t think being tired will matter much. In fact, the adrenaline you get from it might help you keep your eyes open.
You might lack the energy to do the exercises as well as usual, but you’ll find out about that when you give it a try. Just knock it down a notch and do your current best.

Not using free weights when tired is a good idea – normally I’m all for free weights and all against machines, but not if you’re liable to get sloppy. That’s dangerous. Better do something impossible to get wrong for today.

BraveWarrior's avatar

After sitting at a desk all day (only broken up with infrequent short walks to the printer/fax or restroom) I’m ready to take a nap at my desk. @airowDee @Marina @Fyrius : Yes, I have caught myself making some careless errors and know I’ll have to be extra careful driving to make sure I don’t zone out a bit. I want to look forward to Friday night “Date Night” with hubby & not fall asleep in my dinner, so maybe it is worth pushing myself to do 30 mins on the treadmill just to get the blood pumping. Hopefully it will help clear the cobwebs. Thanks to all for the replies! Have a nice weekend! :)

Fyrius's avatar

Best of luck, friend.

airowDee's avatar

I honestly would probably commit suicide if i don’t exercise and run like a madwoman everyday. It keeps me sane, and it keeps me strong, and fuck yeah. Its the best form of therapy.

RedPowerLady's avatar

I think that if you ever feel tired enough that you need to watch your driving then you should go home and sleep. You could nap and gym later in the evening. Or better yet nap and then do some squats in front of the tele. Squats, Lunges, and Wall-Sits can all be done at home and will build lower-body muscle mass.

Fyrius's avatar

@RedPowerLady
Bodyweight squats, sure. Weighted squats, better give that a rest until you’re sure you know what you’re doing again.

Buuut I don’t suppose everyone and their mom even does barbell squats at home, so that might be a bit of a useless comment. Yep.

ShanEnri's avatar

It will give you energy, but be careful not to push too hard. When I push it makes me nauseous!

wundayatta's avatar

Only if it’s an alternate Thursday in April.

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