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Are You Burned Out?

By Virginia Laird

Burnout happens to the best of us. Don’t let this feeling take control of you. It can be managed. Maintaining a list of goals (both long and short term) that can be accomplished can assist one in remaining focused on the outcome when rough days hit the hardest. Keep in mind that simply making goals cannot prevent the feeling of burnout. Some helpful tips for managing or avoiding burnout can include:

  • Start with the basics
  • Try new exercises
  • Don’t go alone

Start with the Basics

Staying fit means more than hitting the gym for hours on end each week. It also includes the most basic ideas. Getting enough sleep can help the body to repair and recover from the day before. Burning the midnight oil can actually hamper one’s ability to get the most out of a workout. It can can also encourage the burnout feeling. Another basic thing to implement is eating right. Getting rid of some junk in your diet can actually provide an energy boost.

Try New Exercises

Are you attending the same classes each week? This can be a problem and bring out the feeling of wanting to take a break from your exercise ritual. Don’t be afraid to try out a new class. Another thing to try could be a new machine. Personally, I find it difficult to try new machines for fear that I will look completely stupid. When I find a machine I want to try, I write down as much information about the machine I can, go home and study how to use it (thanks, YouTube). This helps me feel more confident.

Don’t Go Alone

It is imperative when going to the gym that you have a workout buddy. Friends can push you when you least want to continue. It can be easier to try new things with friends. A little peer pressure in the gym can get you over the hump when it seems too difficult to continue. About a year ago I started going to the gym with a friend. When I don’t want to go, she reminds me of my goals and calls me out for being lazy. It is the push I need most of the time. Don’t think for one minute that this support is a one-way street. You will need to return the favor of providing the push at some point.

To learn more about your health and wellness,visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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