Last weekend I slept way more than usual, yet was still incredibly tired. Like beyond exhausted, eyes-shutting-I-even-took-a-nap tired.
I never take naps!
Yet there I was at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, sound asleep.
And then the next day, even after going to bed early-ish, I was still exhausted.
I hate feeling tired which is why I make a major effort to get enough sleep each day.
So on Monday when I woke up still in this exhausted fog, I was over it.
I was scheduled to take the class, this intense cardio/bootcamp/yogic workout, and I was dreading it. I had no idea how I was going to drag my tired ass body through 5 minutes of burpees along with all the other butt busting moves.
But I did it. There were puddles of sweat to show for it.
Over the weekend of exhaustion, I did no exercise. Not a thing. So these layers of yuck– heavy energy– piled up inside, putting me in a dark haze that left me feeling run down. It was by working through this heavy energy, with exercise, that I was able to reenergize. It may sound counterintuitive, but by expending energy, we get more energy. Working out is a surefire way to pull yourself out of exhaustion.
Think about it – when we workout, we go deep into our bodies. We shake up the toxicity and all the BS that’s weighing us down. We breathe. We sweat. We cleanse. We make space for fresh energy to emerge.
It’s not an easy exhaustion fix that I write about. Working through the yuck takes a tremendous amount of effort. And motivation. Easy would’ve been to blow off my Monday morning exercise, and grabbed a coffee instead. Sure, that would’ve perked me up for a minute, but ultimately I’d be back in the yuck.
I’ve heard accupuncture helps exhaustion, and I’m totally open to trying that, but it’s certainly not accessible the way a workout is.
When we make exercise a part of our lives, we’re constantly recalibrating, resetting our energy from a clean slate. We’re enlivening our oxygen for new life. So the next time you’re beyond exhausted, try getting to your workout. I promise it’ll raise your energy. And if not, it’ll at least leave you better than you were before.