My Brain Hurts: Exercising After Work Harder Than You Think
Did you know when your brain’s tired, you have a crappy workout? Actually, your body thinks it’s too hard so you quit earlier than planned. So concludes a report looking at how intense studying may harm our exercise routines.
It turns out that mental fatigue affects endurance. Test subjects tired 13% faster after undergoing mentally tiring activities and reported that their workouts felt way more tiring than usual.
After a long day at work, I felt like this:
Yep, my brain hurt. Despite the mental fatigue I tried to hit the gym 4 days a week. When you’re mentally exhausted, working out is the last thing you want to think about. Depending on how my day went dictated whether I hit the gym or not. I’m not saying mental fatigue is the reason I didn’t go to the gym as often. Nope, just plain laziness. But it did give me the ammo to justify not working.
Now a days, I find it difficult to start my day without working out. My morning workouts are certainly more intense. Perhaps my weight loss goals helps to keep my eyes on the prize. Putting my health first completely changed my mental outlook.