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Avoiding Burnout.

In exercise, Fitness, Running on September 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

That’s right!

Some questions to consider:

  1. Has physical performance declined?
  2. Decreased appetite?
  3. Increased injuries or sprains?
  4. No motivation?
  5. Elevated resting heart rate?
  6. Are you bored when exercising?

It’s either one of two things (or possibly a little of both), you’re overtraining or you’re burnt out. If you can answer yes to those first few things, you’re overtraining. Especially if you engage in high levels of exercise, high intensity, duration, etc… I’m constantly having to remind myself that it’s ok to rest. That’s the key to overtraining, rest. Your body needs adequate rest between exercising, especially high-intenisty ones.

But how can you avoid burn out? Answer: cross-train. I’ve come to love cross-training, it’s what brought me back to running. Cross-training is perfect, especially if you work out at the gym most days.

For cardio, try 10 minutes on the elliptical, 10 on the treadmill, and 10 on the stairclimber. Now you have 30 minutes of cardio taken care of! 🙂 Play an actual sport. You don’t have to be perfect at it. A favorite of mine? Tennis. Replace a run with a tennis game every now and then. Cross-training can change by seasons as well. Focus on swimming during the summer months, cycling during the fall, skiing/running in the winter. Whatever you love! Take a new class at your local gym. Bodypump classes are a great way to get in strength training if you find machines boring or are intimidated by free weights. The instructors are great and will familiarize you with the equipment needed. You can also burn up to 600 calories in an hour. Take a spin or yoga class. If you love cycling or running (like myself) hit up the trails! Make mother nature your gym.

My love of cross-training is why I started doing CrossFit workouts. Every day is different. While the format remains similar, the intensity, weight, duration, & movements change daily.

Avoid the “bored as hell” stage (as I call it – sorry mom!) and switch it up. Your body will thank you.

My favorite form of cross-training.

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  1. Totally agree. I too can get stuck at times. While the majority of my exercise is running, they usually take me in the same direction. If I’m completely unmotivated but still have a run on my training schedule, I try and go in another direction or environment to change up the atmosphere. Sometimes, that’s all it takes for me.

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