Gym life is going great, you’ve been giving it your all, making it in to the gym as much as you possibly can and the results are starting to show. It’s an amazing feeling and you can’t believe you waited so long to start and all you can think about is your next session.
Then one day you find yourself a little moody and the littlest things start to annoy you. You shrug it off and keep on training even though your a little tired because you haven’t been sleeping very well the past few nights. That of course is the reason why your workouts now leave you feeling fatigued instead of energized and you seem to be sore longer than usual. Next thing you know, your usual gym session time rolls around and for the first time you dread going.
If you nodded your head yes while reading that then you are, or are, on your way to workout burnout. The main signs of burn out include, but are not limited to-
- sudden feelings of moodiness
- feeling sad or down
- having troubles sleeping or sleeping too much
- increase or decrease in appetite
- muscle soreness that lasts longer than usual
- exercise leaves you feeling fatigued and not energized
- feel unmotivated
- you’re getting sick frequently or taking longer to recover
Now what? Well, the good news is, you can get back to that euphoric state that exercise gave you but first, you need to listen to your body and take a time out. Exercise burnout not only takes a toll on you physically, but mentally as well and it’s important that you give both body and mind some time to relax to avoid making things even worse. For many avid gym goers, this wont be easy, missing a day in the gym leaves you feeling guilty and anxious. The thing is though, your body is going to appreciate it and in this time, heal, allowing you to accomplish even more when you get back to it.
So how long do we need to rest for? This is completely individual, for some it may be a few days where as others may need a little longer. I do not suggest you stop all forms of fitness completely, but you most definitely need to take it down a notch (maybe two) and allow your body to heal. During this time it also important to work on your mental well being and take the time to remind yourself this is for the best and not beat yourself up over it. Remind yourself why you started working out, why you loved it so much and why you want it to be a positive part of your life. Then, when the time is right, ease back into it and enjoy it and the countless benefits it has to offer. ♥