Why am I so tired?
Runners know what it is like to be tired. As real life runners, with jobs, families, and other responsibilities, we definitely know what it is like to be tired. But what exactly is fatigue?
Scientists used to try to figure out what exercise-induced fatigue was through strictly physiological models. They figured that the body just ran out of fuel at some point, which caused us to feel fatigue. They talked about fueling, the build-up of by-products in the body (why do you think everyone knows about lactic acid!?), and the other physical changes that occured within our cells.
Sure, that can explain fatigue, but is it the whole story? As busy parents, we know that it’s not just physical things that cause us to be fatigued. When we have a lot of mental stress or a million things going on in our lives, we can feel tired, even though we may be getting enough sleep or eating the right food. What, then, is the whole story?
We can’t forget about the brain and the role that it plays in fatigue. Our brain tries to protect us, and sends messages to our body telling us that we are fatigued before we actually reach our physical limits. Why?
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