Are You too Tired to Exercise?
It is a well-known fact that exercise is loaded with health benefits including improving energy. But what does it mean if you get completely drained after exercise or can’t even tolerate it at all? Some people can literally be too exhausted to exercise and it may be due to an underlying medical condition rather than lack of motivation. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms that brings patients to the doctor’s office. However, fatigue is also vague symptom that can be attributed to several different causes, so some investigation is necessary. This is where Naturopathic Medicine shines. Naturopathic doctors are like detectives that use a thorough intake, lab testing and other methods as clues to uncover the culprit of fatigue. Let’s discuss some of the possible reasons that may contribute to fatigue.
Are you getting enough sleep? This seems like an obvious reason for fatigue, but sometimes there is a quality vs. quantity issue with sleep. Difficulty falling asleep or the tendency to wake during the night does not provide the same benefits as sleeping straight through the night. We should strive for 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Consistent poor quality sleep patterns result in day time fatigue that adds up over time.
The next thing your doctor should do is rule out a thyroid condition. Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) is a very common health problem and a leading cause of fatigue. A thyroid hormone panel is used as part of routine blood tests to screen for abnormal thyroid function. Other common symptoms of this condition are weight gain, dry skin, hair loss, memory problems and constipation. Hypothyroidism can be treated many different ways using medication, supplements, diet or a combination of these methods.
Another consideration is adrenal hypofunction, or low adrenal function that is sometimes referred to as ‘adrenal fatigue.’ The adrenals are glands that sit on top of the kidneys like little hats. They may be small, but they play a large role in the body especially when it comes to energy. The adrenals are responsible for producing various hormones, most notably cortisol. Cortisol is known as the ‘stress hormone’ and we need it to wake up in the morning and give us energy throughout the day. The adrenals can get depleted over time from chronic stress and the output of cortisol decreases, which causes fatigue. High intensity exercise can stress the adrenals even more leaving you completely exhausted. Naturopathic Physicians are experts in identifying and treating adrenal conditions and can get you up and running again.
Not sure the cause of your fatigue? A Naturopathic Doctor at Arizona Natural Medicine Physicians, PLLC will take the time to get to know you and your case to explore the root cause of your fatigue. Treating the cause is the most effective way to get the results you need to get you back in the game.