The Exhausted Mama: Should You Exercise On Little Sleep?

Clock - credit: lusiIf sleep is limited, the risk of injury spikes.  Performance levels will be half of what you’re normally used to, which will either A, disappoint and discourage you, or B, cause you to overexert yourself.

As much as it sucks, especially if you’re pregnant or a sleep-deprived mommy trying to fit in workouts, taking a day to rest is necessary.  It might be a no brainer to some, but for the beginner or the woman who wants to accelerate her fitness/weight loss this is so frustrating!  You’d much rather workout than take the opportunity to nap if it arises.  You’re already seizing extra ways you can exercise and balance everything else, you really don’t have time for this!

But you do.  Believe it or not, tissue repair happens when you’re getting ZZZ’s, so even if you worked out with weights the day before and you wanted to do cardio the next, accepting that chance to nap instead of exercise is still better than logging those burned calories.  This means aiding the process in building toned muscles, which is good!

Think you’re getting enough sleep, even with a crying baby or pregnancy insomnia, but still lack the energy you’re positive you should have?  Ask yourself these two questions, you might be surprised what they reveal to you.

Questions To Ask Yourself

  • Am I eating enough of what I need to get through this?
    It sounds condescending, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve realized I was putting carbs and fats at the bottom of my nutrition pole, which led to lethargic workouts.  Increase your intake of them if you haven’t already.  You can’t fuel your body on nothin’!  Healthy Moms Today, Alina Branda, and Fitness On Toast all have some amazing pre-workout and beginning of the day food ideas!  Check out Skinny Mom as well.
  • What am I using to inspire my workouts?
    Nobody likes monotony, nor do they want exercise to feel like a chore, or a task they have to complete.  You should do it because it’s part of your lifestyle, or an escape – making it a gift to yourself!  Try changing up your musical playlist, cardio routine or even the location you’re working out in.  Sometimes a  switch of scenery is just what the body ordered, and that can provide bounds of energy.  The Workout Mama offers a wide variety of moves you can do at the local playground – awesome!  For music, Pandora has a shuffle option, as does Itunes Radio – and if you don’t have the time to put together a new playlist, browsing sites like Fit Sugar can usually assist with that, as they have already put together some hits!


Love in Him,


5 thoughts on “The Exhausted Mama: Should You Exercise On Little Sleep?

  1. harmonycsteele says:

    I for one am looking forward for you to “catch up” with me and birth that baby ’cause I want to see the post-pregnancy “how to lose that baby weight in a healthy, nursing-friendly way” advice! =D

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