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8 Exercise Energy Zappers

How to Beat Your Mid-Workout Slump


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  • learned some new things
  • Great info. Thanks.
  • Thanks. Good info.
  • So far, the only slumps I've experienced have been banished by just getting myself TO the gym. But these are good tips if I ever find myself flagging AT the gym.
  • I agree with everything apart from the bit about needing to eat carbs. I have been on many, MANY 6 mile runs and I eat low carb. I've never felt more energetic and full of life. You don't need to eat carbs before a workout to feel energised. But thanks for the article anyway, very informative.
  • I sometimes feel that and I just say push through it or get my mind off it.
  • ROSEJ1912
    I agree with most of this article, but I could not agree less with Coach Nicole, and Sparkpeople in general, about carbs. Nicole is correct that your body burns carbs for energy and that carbs are the body's preferred source of energy. However, if you eat carbs before your workout, you will ONLY be burning off the carbs, not body fat. Not great if you're trying to lose weight. If you want to lose weight, drop the carbs and your body will use excess body fat for energy.
  • Great advice. My husband and I have different needs when it comes to pre-exercise, so it is important that my husband eats before we hit our exercise routine.
    I find I'm losing energy quickly through improper breathing technique. Especially when sparring, I tend to hold my breath. Yoga is helping me to be more aware of my breathing.
  • i exercise after work and it really takes my mind off the office crud. i liked the suggestion to vary your routine to avoid boredom -- i've found that to be really helpful too! nice article nicole - it's good to be reminded what to stay focused on to get a better workout!
  • I completely disagree that it's silly to think that stress doesn't interfere with exercising - I think this article is spot on. On days that I'm very stressed out, thinking that I want to exercise just seems like one more task on the neverending list of things I want and need to do. I think she makes a great point.

  • Someof this info is in total opposition to newest info that we lose more weight and gain more muscle if we exrecise on an empty stomach. I agree that rest is essential. But, since we exercise to reduce stress, what's this nonsense about reducing stress so we can exercise better is plain silly

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