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Q&A: Is It Better to Skip a Workout or Tone It Down When Tired?


Q: By the end of the day, I often feel too tired to exercise. Is it better to skip my workout or cut it short?

A: While your initial reaction to feeling rundown may be to skip your workout, don't avoid the gym. Unless you're sick or you've been overtraining, a truncated workout is better than nothing.

Start your workout with dynamic stretching. (Click here for a sample routine.) During your dynamic warm-up, you may start to feel more energized. If you feel up for a full workout at this point, go for it. If not, cut out any explosive or technique-intensive moves and dial down the intensity of your normal workout by decreasing sets, reps, and weight.

A great way to avoid letting fatigue sidetrack your workout is to hit the gym in the morning. The day's workload and stress hasn't come into play yet, so you'll be able to give your all in the gym. If an afternoon or evening workout is your only option, take periodic breaks from your desk, stay hydrated, and eat healthy snacks every two to three hours to keep your energy up throughout the day and increase your chance of making it to the gym.

About The Author

Kevin Elsey – Kevin Elsey is the vice president of the performance innovation team at EXOS. With three undergraduate degrees from Queen's University in Canada and several years of experience as a personal trainer and physical education teacher, he brings a wealth of educational and practical experience to EXOS.

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Tags: Movement Preparation, Q&A, Attitude, Training, Motivation, Energy