As you get started with your workout program after having breast cancer surgery and out of the rehabilitation stage and you want to start increasing the intensity , one thing that you may start to find is that you are experiencing a higher level of fatigue than you used to.
This is perfectly normal and natural. Your body has just been through a very extensive process and it’s going to be working overtime to heal yourself completely.
As you begin adding the extra stress of your workout session, which also creates further demands on the body, fatigue may start to result.
This fatigue can then lead many women to experience a high amount of frustration and discouragement, as they wonder if they’ll ever be as fit as they once were.
Let’s look at some smart ways that you can deal with this fatigue, so it doesn’t have to influence you in this negative manner.
Schedule Some Lower Intensity Workouts
The very first thing to consider doing to help you manage the fatigue that will often come about is to schedule in some lower intensity workouts as well.
While you do definitely want to do some strength training sessions, also consider taking up yoga or just doing some deep breathing and stretching on one of your workout days.
Balancing your intense sessions with some very low intensity sessions is a perfect way to combat fatigue.
Make Sure You’re Well Fed
Second, also make sure that you’re always well fed going into the workout session. If you aren’t eating right before, that in itself will cause you to experience more fatigue during the exercise.
Consume some lean protein along with some complex carbohydrates about 30-60 minutes before your workout.
This will make a huge impact on how much energy you have.
Go At Your Own Pace
It’s also important that you always go at your own pace throughout your workout sessions. Don’t force yourself to work harder if you’re not ready to.
Remember that you have many months ahead to spend working on improving your fitness level – nothing says you have to do it one day.
Give your body time to adapt and get back into it. If you try and do too much too soon, you’ll just end up discouraged and entirely disappointed.
Do Activities You Enjoy
Finally, the last thing that you should be thinking about as you go about your workout session is that you’re doing activities that you enjoy.
Don’t force yourself to do a workout that you really don’t like. That in itself is going to cause you more problems than not because not only will you not look forward to it, if you’re feeling fatigue, you’ll hate it that much more.
If you’re doing a workout that you really truly enjoy, you may find that the fatigue doesn’t feel nearly as bad either because you want to be there doing that session anyway.
So keep these points in mind. Be patient with yourself and your body. Fatigue will resolve itself in time if you treat yourself well.