If you’ve been working out regularly in the long-term, for over a year or longer, you might have experienced some of the following:
- Feeling bored by your workouts
- Having a hard time motivating yourself to go to the gym
- Beginning to see fitness as a lower and lower priority
- Often feeling run-down, tired, and weak
If so, these are all signs that you might be experiencing fitness burnout or workout burnout. It’s normal and happens to all of us if we’re consistently working out for long enough, but it’s still frustrating, especially if you want to find a way to move forward with your fitness routine but are having a harder and harder time doing it. So if this is your experience, here are some tips.
Switch Things Up
No matter how great and effective your workout is, nobody is immune to getting bored of doing the same thing over and over again. If you want to get excited about fitness again, consider trying something new. Even if you go back to what you used to do, a change of pace can make a big difference.
Prioritize Recovery and Rest
One big cause of fitness burnout is going too hard and not resting enough. The truth is that many of us don’t give our bodies nearly as much time to recover as we need. So take a day off. Do some active recovery. Get a massage. It’s all going to help you be able to work out sustainably in the long term.