Exercise: How to Avoid Burnout
We spend a lot of our time helping people make the important first steps towards a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle. In many cases, these first steps are certainly the hardest, but what challenges are you likely to face later down the line?
If you have a good routine of exercising regularly and eating healthily there are still many troubles to overcome. Of these, the most dangerous is ‘burnout’.
What Is Burnout?
The result of burning yourself out is a complete loss of energy and enthusiasm. It can put a complete stop on any progress you may have been making and can sometimes put you right back where you started. The worst thing about burnout is that it will creep up on you without you realising and then, once it hits you, it’s too late to do anything about!
What’s the Cure?
Well, unfortunately, the ‘cure’ often consists of a lot of rest and a complete re-think about how you exercise. The best way to avoid this problem is to pre-empt it by introducing variety into your exercise regime long before burnout rears its ugly head.
There are so many different ways that you can exercise. Really there’s no excuse for just running on a treadmill 3 times a week. Get outside, join a fitness class, exercise with friends! All of these things will help drive you, feed your enthusiasm and give your body the variation it needs to keep going.
Another great reason to introduce this variety to your training programme is the physiological benefits of doing so. If you are constantly changing and adapting your training programme, your body doesn’t have time to fully adapt. This means that it’s always trying to keep up and getting fitter as a result!
Variety is incredibly important. This applies to exercise, diet, even human relationships. If your exercise routine is simply set to ‘repeat’ it’s probably time for a change. Why not turn the improving weather into an opportunity to make some changes?