28th October 2016

Being tired is part and parcel of parenthood, we know. There’s no getting around it, even if you get enough sleep and you have a healthy lifestyle there will always be days that leave you wiped out.

Then there is that continuous, nagging tiredness that feels like a layer of treacle, pulling you down. You can cope with all the day has to throw at you but you just wish you didn’t feel quite so knackered, quite so often.

For the first year of parenthood this kind of tiredness is a bit of a plague (to say the least) but there are steps you can take to help you get back on to a bit of an even keel.

We know that trying to find time to fit in exercise ¬†even at the best of times is hard and we do know that trying to exercise when you are tired is next to impossible. We know because we’re mums and we feel the same.

But fitting in just a small bit of workout time to begin with can really begin to help you build the foundations of feeling a bit more energised.

We admit it takes a bit of a push. Your body is absolutely up to the job but when you feel tired your mind will scream at you to do anything but exercise. Ignore it and go.

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Just start small. Go for an evening walk for 10 minutes, find exercise that fits easily into your day and doesn’t take too much effort or involve too many barriers that will allow you to give in and put it off.

If you’re at home with a child in the day look for a group exercise class you can take baby to – choose a day when you might otherwise be at home, surrounded by chores. Surely a new exercise class is preferable? Choose something you’re confident you’ll like, even enjoy.

There are lots of reasons why exercise really can help you to beat tiredness.

First up – and don’t roll your eyes- we know you’ve heard it before but hello endorphins! It’s true, they will be released, you will feel good and you will never ever regret exercising (unless you fall over and break your leg or something so try not to do that). But seriously, getting your blood pumping and your heart rate raised will release endorphins and you’ll feel happier and more positive which will in turn begin to help you make little tweaks and fit in more exercise. Hopefully the better you feel, the more you’ll want to exercise.

Far from adding to your fatigue you might be amazed to find that a blast of exercise will leave you feeling much more alert than you were before. And by the end of a week of regular exercise, around 3 lots of 20 minute sessions should be enough, you should notice that actually you don’t feel as shattered as you did.

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When you’re at home and struggling with tiredness you might get a temporary lift from caffeine or sugar but that soon fades and you’re stuck in a vicious circle. The energy boost from exercise lasts much longer and has far wider reaching benefits. Remind yourself that you are much better off being out there burning calories that consuming them.

Also, getting enough exercise will help you to sleep more easily. You should begin to notice that the sleep you get, even if it is interrupted, is a bit more restorative as your body is able to shut down more effectively.

Being active, even if for just a small part of your day, will have a big impact on your energy levels. It’s not just about the actual exercise. If you exercise outdoors the fresh air will help wake you up and get you going (especially in winter!) and if you’re exercising indoors or at home, giving yourself 20 to 30 minutes to yourself to do so will help take your mind off the rest of the day to focus on something for you.

Combine exercise with meeting friends or playing a game in the park with the kids, it will all help towards boosting your mood and getting you moving.

Come and join us for a cuppa and a catch up on Thursday November 3rd, 11am at Dulwich Park Cafe. We’d love to see you there – even better, come to the Outdoor Class first at 10am.¬†

WORDS: Penny Stretton

Feeling tired all the time? Give a workout a go...