Burn out...

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    Sep 21, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    Okay... I don't know what's going on with me lately, but I feel lately that exercise and working out is more of a hassle than a reprieve. I used to work out because of necessity or habit, then it became something I had to do to pay rent. I've changed up so many times over the years, but now I'm really feeling a need for a new source of inspiration/motivation. I've been active my whole life, and I definitely don't intend to stop, but this utter lack of interest is from... what?? Have any of you experienced this? If so, what did you finally do to put true "oompf" back into your activities? I feel like it's not a priority at all right now. WTF?
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    Sep 21, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    Change gym? Bring a workout buddy? Exercise outside? Hopefully this won't happen to me.
  • He_Man

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    Sep 21, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    I just experienced this myself. It's the burnout stage, which we all go through. I pushed myself really hard for months and months without taking any time off. I noticed that I lost most of my desire to workout and had to start making myself go to the gym, which was odd because I used to love going to the gym just for the fun of it.

    Simple solution, really, is to take a week or two off, just enough time to let the body decondition and heal from the previous damage done to it. Sometimes I will go in for a week or two and just do a maintenance workout, or just do cardio to make it feel like I'm doing something productive.

    Best of luck and keep up the excellent work!
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    Sep 21, 2011 7:17 PM GMT

    I think it's just like writer's block, or artist's block. Solutions to those can give you ideas for overcoming "gym block." CuddleBuddy suggested a break, which is one way. Also, seek inspiration somewhere else, from an unexpected source. For example, maybe you could spend a couple of weeks or even a month doing a vigorous activity you've never spent a lot of time on: Biking, swimming, hiking, running, etc. The idea is to break the cycle for a little while and do something totally different. Even a little time doing something outside of your comfort zone can help — take a six-week martial arts course, or boxing, or something like that.

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    Sep 21, 2011 7:40 PM GMT
    1. Realize fitness burnout is ok.

    2. Take a break. Let your body+mind tell you how long, but don't go more than 21 days.

    3. Research new fitness activities. Take up a sport. Do yoga. Start swimming. Take a cross fit class. Create fake fitness challenges for yourself, such as how long will it take me to work my way up to doing 250 push ups in one set.

    4. Examine if stress from other parts of life are affecting your interest in fitness.

    5. Get laid. *




    * Just there in order to ease all tensions in life.
  • jim_sf

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    Sep 21, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    RunintheCity said1. Realize fitness burnout is ok.

    2. Take a break. Let your body+mind tell you how long, but don't go more than 21 days.

    3. Research new fitness activities. Take up a sport. Do yoga. Start swimming. Take a cross fit class. Create fake fitness challenges for yourself, such as how long will it take me to work my way up to doing 250 push ups in one set.

    4. Examine if stress from other parts of life are affecting your interest in fitness.

    5. Get laid. *




    * Just there in order to ease all tensions in life.


    This, but especially #3. Variety is the spice of life (and other cliches).
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    Sep 21, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    dancerjack saidHave any of you experienced this?
    Yes.

    dancerjack saidIf so, what did you finally do to put true "oompf" back into your activities?
    A borderline-bad EKG reading during my 2009 physical checkup.

    dancerjack saidI feel like it's not a priority at all right now. WTF?
    It wasn't a priority for me in 2001 when I started flight school and college...both full-time, and a full-time job. Not even 30 minutes free for the next 2.5 years, and no days off the entire time. Then I dropped college, moved to South Beach, got used to inactivity, and didn't get serious about fitness again till the bad checkup.

    When your health is at stake - and especially when your career depends on your health - priorities tend to change just a bit. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 21, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    try to get a training buddy icon_smile.gif .. or get new ones
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    Sep 22, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    I'm going through this right now. Not really sure what to do, other than try out memberships at other gyms. Or take up some type of sport.
  • tazzari

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    Sep 22, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    One of the best skiers in US history once told me, "When I get tired of skiing, I just don't do it anymore until I get hungry again." The mind needs to rest as well as the body - take some time off, do something different. It'll come back.
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    Sep 22, 2011 2:45 AM GMT
    If it's psychological, change it up a bit. As others have suggested, get a buddy to work out with you, join a group activity, spend some times outdoors, etc. It sounds like your workouts have become more like a chore than a recreational activity.

    If it's physical (fatigue), take a break for a little. Rest and sleep a lot. Enjoy life a little.