Fitness Fatigue – what you put in is what you get out!

You know the feeling – you’ve entered the gym, and you’re feeling motivated and energized! You start warming up, maybe move onto some weights or hit the stationary bikes. You’re still feeling good, still feeling motivated… still feeling… and you’re finished! 

Only to look down at your watch and it has only been 20 minutes and that’s including your 10-minute warm-up! How is that possible? The spark went out – you feel drained, breathless and exhausted. It’s possible you’re experiencing fitness fatigue. 

There are numerous reasons why your workouts feel as if they are weighing you down. But, before you get completely disheartened and throw in your gym towel, we’ve found the solution to combating workout fatigue. 

 

1. Increase your carbohydrates 

No, carbohydrates are not the enemy, well…whole grain/complex carbs at least aren’t. Therefore, when you increase your carbohydrate intake, make sure not to load up on refined ones that have no nutrition or fibre. This will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels leading to quick energy crashes. It is a good idea to boost your carb intake well in advance to help your muscles preserve their glycogen levels needed for exercise. 

Carbohydrates you should be eating:

  • Vegetables – peas, corn, squash, sweet potatoes and beetroot
  • Fruits – bananas, orange, blueberries, grapefruit and apples 
  • Legumes – kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils
  • Nuts – peanuts, almonds and oats
  • Whole grains – buckwheat, quinoa and brown rice

Everyone’s nutritional needs are different and what suits one person may not suit another. If you would like some help implementing a meal plan to suit your exercise regime, click here.

 

2. Eat before and after your workout 

Obviously don’t overindulge, but a small pre-workout meal at least an hour before hitting the gym will make a major difference to your workout. It will also decrease the likelihood of you experiencing fitness fatigue. The whole-grain foods listed above are great sources of energy that are sure to give you a boost. Even a banana or a handful of nuts can make a big difference to your energy levels. Eating after your workout will also help you refuel so that you are not left feeling depleted after your session.  

 

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate 

We desperately reach for our water bottles during and after exercising but underestimate the importance of hydrating our muscles beforehand. So, make sure you get enough water prior to working out, as well as during your warm-up (when you think you don’t need it). This allows your joints to get enough lubrication and your muscles enough energy for your body to optimally perform in a way that does not lead to burnout. 

An amazing way to increase your water intake is through our hydrating VitaFuzion IV Vitamin drips – averaging at 35ml/kg. Our diverse range of IV drips all have hydrating properties, so you can pick one best suited to your needs. 

 

4. Vitaload with micronutrients

 

When it comes to intense exercise, micronutrients have numerous benefits, including:

  • Helping your body regulate itself
  • Shortens your recovery time
  • Efficiently regulates your oxygen intake
  • Combats lactic acid build-up that brings on fatigue and muscle pain

If you’re experiencing fitness fatigue, increasing your micronutrient intake will definitely help you jump back on the treadmill. 

 

Glutathione – your gym bestie!

This micronutrient has been shown to improve metabolic and acidification build up in your muscles. This is necessary during exercise as it helps to prevent less muscle fatigue so you can work out for longer and harder. 

Our Full Throttle IV Vitamin drip contains 2000mg of Glutathione, Calcium, Magnesium, B-Complex and Vitamin C, making it essential to an energy-packed gym session.

Click here to book your drip and here for a meal plan that will help you eliminate that workout burnout!