If you've ever slogged through a workout, your eyes drifting to the clock for the umpteenth time wondering when you can finally stop, you've experienced that soul-sucking moment every exerciser faces: Burnout.
Sometimes, you keep going and bounce back the next day. Other times, that sluggishness pervades every workout, leaving you with a vague dissatisfaction despite finishing your workouts.
We often rely on different elements of self-motivation - discipline, commitment, routine - but that routine can sometimes turn into a rut and you end up going through the motions, forgetting what it is you're working so hard to accomplish (and, perhaps, not realizing that you're not accomplishing anything).
If that sounds familiar, staging an exercise intervention may be what you need to rebuild your enthusiasm for exercise. Some questions to ask yourself:
- Am I enjoying my workouts? - Do you remember the last time you really got into your workout? Or the last time you got halfway through your workout and thought - I could do this all day!
- Does my body feel good when I exercise? - Veteran exercisers can often muscle through a workout, even if they're tired or sore. But, when was the last time you felt fresh and strong? When was the last time you felt energized?
- What do I need to feel good right now? - This is a great question to ask if you're having a sluggish, lackluster workout. Sometimes the answer is to stop, stretch and move on.
Exercise interventions can be as small as skipping the day's workout or as big as reinventing your entire workout program. The key is to recognize when you need an intervention and take charge before burnout can set in.
What do you think? Do you need an exercise intervention? What do you do when the love is gone? Leave a comment and tell us about it.