Workout Burnout: 3 Ways to Avoid It
By Virginia Laird
Burnout is a real thing. Finding a way to manage and defeat the feeling of wanting to quit is a daunting task. However, it is manageable. One of the most basic things you can do to avoid burnout is to make a list of goals. Keeping yourself focused on your goals can help you push through on your roughest of days. These goals will not prevent the burnout from setting in, but when it hits you (and it will at some point), the goals can help you stay focused. A few helpful tips for managing burnout include:
- Always include the basics
- Mix it up
- Establish a network
Always Include the Basics
When deciding to pound out the workout path one may dive in headfirst without looking back. It is easy to forget about the body’s basic needs of maintaining health. Eating right plays every bit as important a role as the actual workout. Another basic to never neglect is sleep. Your body needs sleep to recover from hard workouts, stressful days, and other obstacles you may find. Getting enough sleep can help you enjoy your workout. When you are exhausted and trying to work out you may find it more difficult to have the motivation to complete the fitness plan.
Mix It Up
Participating in the same routine, the same class, or the same pattern of workouts can leave room for discouragement. As in life, it is important to do the things you know you will enjoy as well as try out things you have may have never experienced. If you are always working out inside, try taking your workout outside for the day. Enjoy the breeze and fresh air. If you are an outdoors person, try stepping into an indoor class for a change of pace. Change can be good. You may unlock a passion for a class or exercise you may never thought you would have enjoyed.
Establish a Network
Establishing a group of people to “keep tabs” on you is important. It is easy to allow yourself to skip out, but friends can give you that push you need to step up your game or stop excuses. Last year a friend of mine and I began working out together. She would call my bluff when I just felt lazy. I needed that push to get my act together. A good workout is always more fun and enjoyable when you can share it with someone who you mutually can offer encouraging ideas and thoughts.
Good luck and get moving!
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