I have noticed that every time I am back to weights training I get SO tired (overly, on my days off) it is not funny.
However I did not see a connection between weights training and being tired till the moment my friend actually pointed out that when he does running or any other cardiovascular activities he is energized; however lifting weights always makes his sluggish.
Well, here I am being exhausted on the weekends, mostly sleepy and energy-less which I was used to attribute to a lot of working or not sleeping enough etc. However as soon as my mate mentioned that weights training might somehow affect the overall being I instantly felt the connection. I must admit though that when I only start working out, weights energise me like nothing; but as soon as routine is settled I am overly sleepy, tired and sore 24 / 7. It is a bit annoying to be honest.
So I went on the Internet to see what people say.
- One of the opinions suggested that soreness and sleepiness can be due to starting out. Accordingly getting more carbohydrates might be a solution if energy is an issue. After a couple of months tiredness must be gone (if one day a week is a rest day). This makes sense but I personally do not get tired when start out and increasing carbs is often a method I approach which I rarely happy with (I don’t think I need to explain why).
- Another interesting opinion was that because weight training requires muscles to exert force to overcome resistance, the muscles function is suddenly overcoming a greater-than-normal workload with movement. This movement is a weight-training exercise targeting specific muscle groups. Upon completion of a weight-training workout, the recovery phase arrives! As we all know it is as essential as training itself. We need recovery to literally recover AND to grow and develop muscles. During recovery, feelings of fatigue are normal due to a large amount of energy required for the process. Everyone though ensures that it will go away eventually…
- Many people often attribute tiredness to over training (which I am sure is not my case) and not eating enough. Therefore burning all the needed energy.
As a result, there no definite answer 😦 I understand it depends on each single individual and needs to be analysed case by case… Some people blame vitamins deficit, other poor diet or over working not enough sleep etc. There are so many reasons that no one has really understood what can be so tiring about weights training. I will definitely carry on researching also listening to my body and hope to come back with some solid answers 🙂