You’ve been hitting the weights extra hard and giving it your all. You are trying to lose some pounds and strengthen your muscles. Then it happens…
You wake up with a workout hangover. Anyone who’s been grinding day after day, month after month knows what I’m talking about. It’s when you think you’ve been sacrificing everything for your health and you still wake up feeling like shit! WTF?!
This happens more frequently to beginners and people who aren’t constant with their workouts but, I can offer a few more solutions to this very aggravating problem. After all, who the hell wants to feel hungover when they haven’t even had a good night out to earn it?!
Possible solutions include:
Dehydration- Sometimes it only takes a glass or two of water to get your head back to normal and get you back in the race
Lack of sleep- Just because you can survive on 5-6 hours of sleep doesn’t mean you should, especially when your are tearing your body down day after day on the workouts. Extra physical demand requires extra sleep. You may even need 9-10 if you had a bad week or extra stress which leads me to my next factor
Too much stress- You are handling so much continued stress that you feel like it’s normal and usually you don’t feel that bad. Well adding workouts and/or enduring long term stress can and probably will bring you down to your knees. Learn how to recuperate with some down time.
No time for yourself- If you are hitting it hard and taking care of business, family, house, dog, cat, etc… you need to have a few hours a week to shut it all down completely and get yourself some therapy. (Massage, walk, nap, hike, get out of town are all good ways to get you centered so you can continue to perform at best.
Too much drinking- You’re an adult. Do what you want. Just be prepared to deal with the consequences. If you are really trying to make a strong move for your health your drinking should be limited to a few drinks a week (Like 2-3 max). Not per day… per week! It’s not the extra calories that you should be really concerned about. It’s the beating that your system (liver, kidney, heart, lungs, etc…) take when you drown your week in booze. I know, I know!!!! It’s fuckin’ hard man!
Eating out/processed food- This one is HUGE!!! If you are trying to perform like an athlete and leaving the food prep to other people then you are screwing yourself. I don’t care how healthy your menu orders are; there are always lower quality foods being used (You think most restaurants order top quality organic food? AHAHAHAHAHA!) They are looking at their bottom line and that means ordering from the cheapest vendor they can find. They deal with bulk. Every time you go to the grocery store and make yourself crazy with how healthy your choices are remember that the choice to eat out is the worst choice. Not to mention extra sauces, butter, lard, salt, MSG, creams, etc… that they stick in their food to make it taste addictive and wonderful. Start cooking and take control of the fuel that you give your body. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel and how much money you save. With the money you save from eating at home 90% of the time you could probably afford that trainer that you need to whip your but into shape!
Hanging out with toxic people- I got a few friends of my own that have some bad habits so I know, but limiting your time with them means making better choices for yourself. If you’re going out with “Boozehound Ben” or “Fat Nancy” you are likely subjecting yourself to unhealthy choices. I know they’re lots of fun, but do you want to end up like them?
Not changing your daily lifestyle- I know tons of people that think if they just show up to 2-3 workouts a week that they should see all the results they desire. It’s just not true! If you work in an office, sitting 8-10 hours a day, go home and sit on the couch, drive to work (still sitting), etc… without any other activity than your Mon/Wed/Fri workouts, you’re gonna be disappointed. You need to walk everyday, take a hike, bike, swim on the weekends and turn your drinking/eating activities into something surrounded with actual activity! Here’s a challenge… Walk one hour a day (not counting from your desk to your car, couch to fridge, etc… One complete hour. It will loosen up your joints, relax your mind, and drop body fat like you wouldn’t believe.
Working out like a pussy- Don’t kid yourself. You know when you’re sandbagging a workout! I don’t mean comparing yourself to the person next to you in the gym. I mean pushing yourself every set, rep, day, week, month, and year. Your body needs to purge the toxins and the best way to do that is to work out hard! Don’t waste your workout time on poor participation with your excuses and whining. Get after it and give it 100%
There you go! A solid list on why you’re feeling like shit when you wake up and what you can do about it.
-Coach David Wayne