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Should you exercise when you're tired?

Find out the warning signs to look out for when deciding whether to power through and train or allow yourself to rest and recover.

Should you exercise when tired?

Have you had a restless night’s sleep? Worked a late shift or maybe you’re suffering from jet lag? Not having enough sleep can leave you feeling tired and irritable. But what happens when you feel like this and you have a run or workout scheduled? Should you power through and carry on with your training? Or should you take an extra rest day?

Here are 3 key signs to look out for which will help you to make a decision on whether to exercise or not if you are feeling very tired.

1. Having more than 2 or 3 nights of poor sleep in a row

Whether it’s down to young children keeping you awake or you’re perhaps in a period of high stress, we all know how poor sleep can hinder your performance. If you have struggled to get a full nights sleepfor a few nights in a row, you need to ask yourself is the workout worth it or is it worth resting and getting back into good sleeping habits over the following few days before you pick your training back up.

2.Keep an eye on your performance

Depending on what exercise you are doing, you will probably be tracking your performance. With running your speed, heart rate and pace are all ways you can track your progress. Whilst one ‘bad’ session isn’t a problem, if you are noticing a pattern with progress dropping, this could be a big indicator that your body is tired and you are not giving yourself the time to rest and recover, which are both very important in order for you to be able to perform at your best. Exercising and tiredness

3.Take charge of your health

Have you had a cough or cold for longer than normal? Are you still feeling the effects of a hard gym workout even four or five days later? Or maybe you are lacking motivation and struggling to recover after injury. When training, your inner health is very important in how well you are able to physically perform and learning more about it can help you figure why you aren't feeling your best. Medichecks Endurance Fit is the perfect way to find out how to optimise your performance, avoid injury, maximise recovery and get a detailed look at hormones and nutrition that can affect your training and performance.

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The key is to listen to your body and assess your training. Is your training realistic or are you asking too much of yourself? Focus on the above key warning signs which could indicate that you’re too tired, rest up and recover, re-adjust your training going forward and you’ll find that you will come back fitter, stronger and healthier.