There’s a Link Between Physical and Mental Fatigue!

22 Jan

A workout can be a great way to unwind after a stressful day, but stewing over an unpleasant work encounter may make your exercise session less effective.

If your brain is tired, the rest of your body may be tired as well, because the two go hand-in-hand since both physical and mental fatigue affect the same region of your brain. If that part of your brain is telling you “my brain is fried” at the end of the day, then it’s likely your muscles will be tired even before you head for the gym.

Exercising after an occasional horrible day is unavoidable, but if you are chronically stressed, then you could be seriously derailing your fitness goals. It has been found that mental burnout significantly affects physical performance. If you are overwhelmed, perhaps your next workout should consist of several rounds of high-intensity stress management rather than crunches or curls!

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