Too Tired to Workout? Here's How You Can Get A Much-Needed Energy Boost

Do you always feel too tired to workout?

Health & Wellness
 Min read
February 22, 2023

Do you always feel too tired to workout? 

Do you have a hard time waking up for your morning workout or struggle to find the motivation to do it when the afternoon slump hits? Maybe you feel too exhausted after a day at work or chasing after kids?

Well, you aren’t alone.

Not enough energy is one of the most common reasons people avoid exercising; however, regular movement and exercise actually boosts our energy levels. The less we work out, the more tired we feel. 

So what do you do when fatigue hits and you haven’t moved your body in an intentional way? 

While caffeinated beverages or sugary snacks might give you an initial boost of energy, a crash will inevitably follow. So instead of chugging your third cup of coffee, give these tips a try!


Dehydration can make you feel tired and sluggish; it can also cause brain fog and confusion, so make sure you are drinking the right amount of water during your day. However, excessive water intake can lead to an imbalance of electrolytes in the body and make you feel drowsy.

Help truly hydrate your body by adding a couple of pinches of sea salt to your glass of water. Sea salt contains the necessary minerals for producing energy –Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, and Sodium. It’ll help keep your electrolytes in balance, regulate your adrenal glands, and keep your energy steady throughout the day. 

Snack Wisely

The average American diet consists primarily of highly processed foods, especially when it comes to snacks. Ultra-Processed foods can pose some serious risks to your health, and can make you feel drained.

However, strategic snacking can help stabilize your blood sugar and keep your energy levels consistent throughout the day. The combo of protein, fat, and a complex carb/fiber will fill you up and give you a boost of energy when you start to feel tired.

Reduce your stress

Stress elevates your cortisol levels, triggering the “fight-or-flight” response in your body. Chronic stress can exhaust your adrenals, affect your sleep, and cause overall feelings of fatigue.

Reducing stress is crucial to your mental health and maintaining your energy levels. Take some slow deep breaths and some time to pray each day, especially during seasons of high stress. Even just taking a few quiet minutes during the day can really help energize you. 

Our Release, Restore, Recover series offers gentle exercises to help your body release tension and restore balance in your nervous system.

Move your body

If you don’t feel like you have enough energy for a full workout, easy movements like a simple walk or a few gentle stretches will do the trick! 

If you need some motivation to get moving, try having an accountability partner. You can even ask a friend or your spouse to take a walk with you so you don’t find yourself laying on the couch and scrolling on your phone instead. 

Get more sleep

Of course, if you’re not getting enough sleep at night, you’ll feel more tired during the day. A short nap (10-20 minutes) can really help boost your energy when you’re feeling sluggish.

If you don’t have time to catch some z’s before bedtime, you can still make choices to help improve your sleep quality when it’s time to hit the hay. Check out these 33 tips for improving your sleep from our blog archives. 

We know that it can feel challenging to make time for exercising everyday, especially when you feel tired, but a consistent workout routine will help you feel better (and more energized!) in the long run. 

If you are looking for workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home, check out the classes in our Pietra Fitness Online Studio! Your body will thank you. 

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