Two excuses commonly heard to avoid working out is either “I don’t have the time” or “I’m too tired”. The first one is not valid as everyone can find time to exercise even if it is doing 10 minutes of Tabatha or HIIT training. However, the second excuse could be a valid one. And if you are too tired, is it mental or physical tiredness? Below are some suggestions on how to power through a workout when you really don’t feel like doing it.

Depending on the circumstance, you in fact could be too tired. If the stress from work has ratcheted up to the point where you are exhausted every night after work, your best bet may be to rest for a few days until things slow down at work. If you feel you may be are starting to get ill, then definitely do not work out. In this situation, your body needs all the rest it can get.

However, under other circumstances, where you are just tired for no special reason, just stepping outside and breathing in the fresh air could be the motivation you need to do some form of exercise. Maybe just a change to your normal routine would help spur you along. Instead of doing your normal three-mile run, but maybe walk a mile or two instead would suffice for that workout. The distance is shorter and intensity less, but at least you are doing something. In the world of exercising, anything is better than nothing!

Or instead of doing cardio training, opt for strength training instead. If that is still too strenuous, try yoga or Pilates – something that goes at a slower pace and intensity, but still provides a good workout. And with meditation and breathing techniques in yoga, it might be just what you need to get back in touch with yourself. Sometimes just changing up things is motivation in itself. In these cases, being too tired might not be the case; you may just be bored with the routine.

If you just don’t feel like exercising – like your get-up-and-go-got-up-and-went, think about how good you will feel post-exercise. Exercising releases endorphins in the brain which improves mood – known in exercise circles as a “runner’s high”. You experience it after each workout, so just thinking about that positive post-workout feeling could be the motivation you need to “just do it”.

Of course if your tiredness persists more than a few days, you should see your healthcare professional to find out why you are so tired. It could be a stress-related condition coming on or sleep deprivation. In any case, your doctor many be able to help you get back your motivation to exercise.