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Old 10-13-2008, 05:55 PM   #1
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I have been feeling fatigued while working out since last Monday. That was when my period started, but I am still feeling that way today. When I get on the eliptical, my muscles already feel tired, but I push myself to go and eventually it subsides for the most part. I have done my weight toning 3 or 4 days this last week. I also went Mon, tues, thur and sat 2 times, the second time just doing the eliptical for 20 mins or so.

Is my fatigue because I am working out too much or too hard? Should I continue or give my body a rest a few days a week?
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Are you getting enough water and enough protein? Lack of either really make me feel fatigued.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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My trainer says a carb snack before the workout helps with fatigue. He also doesn't have me do hard-core strength stuff more than 2 days a week with cardio the other days.

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Old 10-14-2008, 12:44 AM   #4
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Maybe you are overtraining? Try giving yourself a few days off exercise - nothing more than some light cardio like walking - and then get back in to your routine and see how you feel. It's always good to take 1 - 2 rest days a week.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:11 AM   #5
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When you first start out, it is very easy to overtrain. You have to give your body the ability to recover and get used to the level of exercise that you are demanding of it. Last week, I basically collapsed and my legs refused to move me after I had put them through an extremely active week. A couple light workouts and some good sleep helped.
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:30 AM   #6
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Sleep
Protein
Rest

Those three things are things you need to watch carefully.

I found when I started working out hard that I needed more sleep than I have in the past.

I also needed to give my body rest periods between workouts. You really need to rest at least one full day between weight training workouts to not fatigue the muscles. That doesn't mean you can't do light cardio on the "in between" days, but you shouldn't work muscle groups strenuously on consecuttive days.

Finally, protein is important. If you're weight training, you'll need more protein than "normal" to help your muscles rebuild.

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Old 10-14-2008, 05:12 PM   #7
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Ok, I gave myself a break today. I will be back at it tomorrow. Last week was the first time I had not taken a day off from working out.

Thanks ladies. And I will consider the vitamins if I can find any at a reasonable price.
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:53 PM   #8
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I do my weight training in splits - one day I do "front" = chest, quads, shoulders & triceps. The next day I do "back" = back, hamstrings, triceps.
The 3rd day is rest or just cardio. It's very important to give the muscles time to repair after they are worked. Day 4 is back to front.

Another fairly easy way to keep track is upper body and lower body splits, but I like front and back better because I think I get more done that way.
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