• 10 Reasons You’re Always Tired

    You're overstressed Up all night ruminating over life’s myriad stressors? Consider an evening workout to burn off some of that angst before bed. You’ll wake up better rested and ready to face the difficult boss, stack of bills, or unfinished to do’s. Or try meditation, which can work wonders on an overstressed system. Popular even among the Silicon Valley set, meditation quiets the mind, while deep breathing encourages oxygen flow, and in turn, increased energy.   You're oversleeping or under rested Getting sufficient shuteye seems like an obvious solution to fatigue, but it is especially important to maintain a steady sleep schedule. Try to establish a routine that incorporates 6-9 hours a night (depending on individual needs) and a consistent waking hour.   You're not a breakfast person Often cited as the most important meal of the day, a solid breakfast helps you’re your blood sugar level and gives you fuel to get through the AM rush. Plus, breakfast eaters are less prone to overeating later in the day, which will help bring you closer to your fitness goals. You're over-caffinated A morning cup (or two) of coffee shouldn't hurt, but beware of consuming caffeine after 4 PM. Green tea is a refreshing and antioxidant-rich alternative to that lunchtime macchiato you’ve come to rely on, and lacks the extra calories often found in espresso drinks.   You aren't getting enough exercise Start the day off with some cardio to get your blood pumping. An AM workout will help you sustain energy through the rest of the day, even if its just a quick jog around the neighborhood, a few sets of jumping jacks, some push ups, and a quick game of jump rope. If you’ve fallen off the exercise wagon, force yourself to motivate and get to the gym.   You're getting too much exercise. Alternatively, you may be pushing yourself too hard at the gym, without allowing your muscles enough time to recover. Overexerting yourself can have many negative effects besides just overall fatigue, including increasing your likelihood of injury. Take things down a notch the next time you’re feeling on the brink of burnout and make sure to stay hydrated regardless of your activity level.   Your adrenal glands are shot Excess stress can cause a decrease in adrenal function, also known as adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands produce key hormones including cortisol and testosterone, and those with adrenal fatigue often experience debilitating tiredness and aches. Sound familiar? Try a supplement geared toward adrenal support and have a blood test to check your hormone levels. Your diet is off track Consuming excess sugar and relying on empty carbs? A deficiency in nutrient dense foods can keep you feeling sluggish, fatigued, and lost in a mental fog. Simple solutions: switch out soda for water, pop a handful of almonds after a workout for a quick dose of protein and healthy fats, and add some greens to your daily breakfast smoothie or protein shake.   You're behind on your check-ups If it has been awhile since you last stepped foot in a doctor's office, consider getting an appointment on the books. There may be a more serious issue at hand causing your fatigue, such as a thyroid imbalance.   You’re protein deficient Builders especially have to keep in mind the importance of a protein-rich diet. Nuts, lean meats, fish and cheese are all great sources, and post-workout protein shakes make for a quick fix.             Don’t let persistent yawning keep you from your fitness goals! Schedule a check up, maintain a clean, proteinaceous diet, and above all, get plenty
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