When does fatigue go away with exercise?

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Registered: 11-09-2011
When does fatigue go away with exercise?
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 9:28am

Hi! I'm wondering how long it took to lose the tired feeling when you started an exercise plan. IOW, when did you start feeling more energized (for those that didn't necessarily feel tired prior)? I just started last week with a new plan (walking) and haven't noticed any particular increase in energy. Was it something you noticed more at a specific time of day?


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Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 11:34am
I usually feel best right after I finish a hard workout...I have to reach a certain level of intensity to get the adrenaline rush that I equate to feeling energized. I cannot reach that level with walking, but if you are a novice to exercise, you might. Make sure you are including some bursts of 'speed walking' (at whatever speed that is for you). What I like about walking is that it is meditative for me, so the restful ness I get from it is mental...I try to let go of any worrying or problems when I walk and enjoy the scenery...or I try to focus on all of the possible solutions to something, no matter how crazy. But I try not to obsess about a problem, as that is tiring...hope this helps
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Registered: 10-01-2002
Wed, 08-13-2014 - 9:07pm
usually it takes a while to feel the feeling of fatigue to go away.. slow and steady
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 08-15-2014 - 8:40pm

I'm confused...are you feeling tired during or after the workout? Or you started exercising because you always feel kind of blah and hope that you will feel better if you get fit--and hoping that one day you will suddenly start having more energy? Or are you wondering how much you need to exercise for the endorphins to kick in?

I've never felt an instant increase in energy from a new exercise regime. Its always taken time and little by little I notice that I have more energy or can do something with more ease. My greatest example of this was about 20 years ago....my dh and I went hiking with a group in some high mountains. I couldn't make it to the top, I was too winded. After that day I realized I needed to improve my level of fitness and I started walking several times a week, gradually increasing the time, distance, and speed. One year after that hike dh and I returned to the mountain resort and I hiked that same trail again. That time I powered up to the top and wasn't tired or winded. I was so proud and pleased and could see what a big improvement  I had made in the course of a year. It wasn't obvious in the little day to day increases but very obvious when measured against a previous marker.

I've only had the endorphin high a couple of times, after a very strenuous workout. 

After settling in to an routine of regular strenuous exercise and healthy eating I have noticed a feeling of overall well-being. Not exactly that I had lots more energy but that I just generally felt good and usually had enough energy to get through the day.

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Registered: 07-27-2014
Thu, 08-21-2014 - 1:17pm

The fatigue depends on personal features of metabolism - some peolple feel tired when they carry light bag for a long time for some people it's easier to carry heavy one for example - they suffer from it in first minutes but then they get used and can carry it for a long time. Some people can feel energy rising durinfg long run or so (so called second breath), some people feel they have more energy AFTER exersises because of mood improvement they feel the became stronger. I think TS just overloaded herself. Maybe there were not enough nutrition during her exercises - I usually take some bottles of water, some power bars in my Antler bag when I go to fittness club. It helpes me to support my metabolism.