Monday, March 05, 2012

Why athletes get tired

I ran across an old issue of the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine and Performance Newsletter—concerning being tired.

While athletes can be tired after an intense workout, if they are tired after waking up or a few days after working out, this could be a problem.

For one thing, it could mean you are overtraining. This means a badly designed program with inadequate recovery time.

A poor diet could account for it.

How about travel or other stress factors?

Symptoms can include muscle soreness, decreased performance, or an increased sense of effort.

A low-carb diet can also rob muscles of zip. Same for inadequate protein.

Another factor could be chronic lack of sleep.

And if you are getting over a virus, there is such a thing as post-viral fatigue.

My favorite is from a comedian I heard. He said, “I get tired from sleeping.”

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