What to Do About Workout Burnout

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What to Do About Workout Burnout

Every day, it’s the same routine. You grab your bag, head to the gym, and dread it all the way there. Once you arrive, you begrudgingly begin your daily workout, wishing you were anywhere else. And the worst part of all? You no longer have that sense of pride, or that rush of endorphins, when you’re finished with your workout. It’s just another chore that you checked off your to-do list, and you didn’t enjoy a minute of it.

Sound familiar? It sounds like you’re suffering from workout burnout. It’s important to address this problem now, before it wears you down any further. Eventually, you aren’t going to continue a routine that you hate, and you’ll risk losing much of the progress that you’ve achieved.

Do you feel that you must engage in a certain type of exercise, to lose weight or get in shape? Maybe your co-worker runs two miles every morning before work, and she seems to love it, so you think you need to run too. Or perhaps you know that building muscle tissue is important to rev up your metabolism, so you’ve been forcing yourself to that crowded gym every afternoon. The first step to overcoming workout burnout is to acknowledge that there is no single “right” way to get in shape. If you absolutely hate an activity, then it’s not the one for you (at least not every day).

Research has shown that pursuing a wide range of activities is actually better for personal fitness. Just try to choose a type of exercise that fulfill the following categories:

  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Muscular endurance
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Body composition

For example, there are many different ways to target cardiovascular endurance. If you hate running, you can take a dance class, use an elliptical machine or stationary bike, Rollerblade, or go swimming. To target muscular endurance and strength, there’s no rule that says you must visit a crowded, sweaty weight room. You can do body weight exercises at home, or sign up for a fun class like Crossfit or Bootcamp. See what we mean?

Also, ask yourself if it’s the activity you hate, or the setting. Sometimes visiting the gym at different hours, or switching gyms, might work. If you hate running during the day when it’s hot, you could try evenings or early mornings. If you feel awkward at the gym alone, find a workout buddy. Tweak your exercise routine according to what makes you most comfortable.

The best exercises are the ones that you enjoy. So experiment to find out what you love, and in the meantime, come see us if you have any questions about your nutrition or weight loss plan. We can help to ensure that your eating plan supports your fitness goals.

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