Ask an expert
Question

12 Jan 2006

Fit but still no energy
I find that even though I am resanably fit I struggle to keep up an excersize program if I have to workout daily. My energy seems to seep away and eventually the workout is more streneous in stead of easier. Shouldn't I become fitter and able to do more?? It does seem to work a bit better if I take breaks in between (work out on mon, wed, fri and saturday - 20min cycle + 40min taebo) but then I'm not working out daily and I start to feel like I'm not doing enough...probably because working out every day twice a day for 4 months did not lead to any wieght loss after I quit smoking in august. What is better - morning or evening / daily are every other day? And how much do I need to do to loose wheight If I take in between 1500 - 2000 calories a day? Is that too much, should I eat less? Do the type of calories really matter?
Answer 407 views
Expert
FitnessDoc
fitnessdoc

01 Jan 0001

HI Lindi

You have many questions, so I will try to answer each one.

First of all, your lack of energy is probably caused by the accumulation of all the day's stresses, of which exercise is only one. You can't look at exercise alone, obviously, it is only a small part of a day that may actually be more to blame than exercise itself. The mere fact that you feel better with a day of rest in between tells me that the problem is just that you are worn out from too much activity and just need a rest. Quite why this has happened, I don't know. Diet is one possibility, perhaps you are not eating enough. 1500 to 2000 Cal is not actually all that much. Generally people need above 2000, just to match the resting amount. If you exercise, it goes up and might even hit 3000. That's a dodgy estimation, but I do think that 1500 is too little. So I think that diet is a big part of your problem, which can make the difference to your energy levels. I also just want to echo what was written on the forum - you shouldn't actually count calories. Have a general idea, sure, but don't try to balance in and out exactly, it can only cause more stress and problems

FOr the next question, I would recommend that you exercise when it suits you best. The key to exercise is consistency so choose a time that you will be able to stick to. For example some people just are or are not morning people for any apparent reason.

Some people suggest that training in the morning, before eating breakfast is good, because it forces you to exercise on 'an empty stomach' which basically means that your body has no glucose to burn. Therefore, it is thought that the body will use more fat, and weight loss would be greater. However, the principle may be true, but there are certain other considerations that you must take into account:

• The intensity of the training: if the intensity is too high, you have the risk of becoming hypoglycaemic.
• The duration of the training: if you exercise too long, you also have a risk of becoming hypoglycaemic.
• If you are glycogen depleted when you begin, you will become hypoglycaemic quicker.
• The meal that you ate the previous evening.
• It also dependent on your previous training and your dietary intake over the one or two days prior to the session.

In otherwords, exercising without giving your body any energy can cause you to become hypoglycaemic. It may be safe if you train at a low intensity and for less than an hour. you may wish to try this out and experiment, and see what works best for you, and then choose the most convenient time of day, as mentioned. In your particular case, a bit of exercise in the morning might actually be good, because it will 'wake you up', and provided you eat well and don't exhaust yourself in training, you will be OK for the rest of the day, and won't have that pressure to exercise in the afternoon.

Good luck
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
33% - 9360 votes
No
67% - 19293 votes
Vote