burn out vs declining interest...

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    Jun 18, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    i've been active and fit my whole life. i'm lucky. my mom put me in gymnastics when i was only 6. by 13 i was in both dance and gymnastics. by 15 i was dancing all the time. by 18 i was working out (poorly). and since then i've just always been in the habit of being fit...

    however, i don't know if i'm just fatigued from working so much the last 3 years in an attempt to recover financially from my last boy friend, or if i'm genuinely just starting to care less, but it's getting harder and harder to force myself to workout even 2 times a week.

    am i just tired/burned out, am i going through a standard down phase, or am i reaching some blurry, undefined point where i've just stopped caring as much?

    thoughts?
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    Jun 18, 2009 5:13 AM GMT
    Over work will do it Jack.

    Try to take a brake. One thing this recession did was give me a forced one...lol...I like it to.

    Sometimes we over do it for various reasons. I am just a work alcoholic and now, it's time to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

    Go for a long drive and spend a week at the beach!!
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    Jun 18, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    From the ages of 28 to the early 30s, a person goes thru a passage in his life. During this time, you will reevaluate your goals and activities. You may reaffirm your current path or you might veer off in an entirely different pursuit.

    You might be coming to a subconscious decision point in this passage. Or not. hahahahahahaha ... icon_lol.gif

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    Jun 18, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
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    either i'm going through manopause, or both of those responses together told me everything i need to know in this life. perfect! LOL
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:46 AM GMT
    Well, DJ, I am reminded of some of your more recent posts and I would say the possibility of your seemingly lack of motivation and being tired all the time could be connected to your emotional state. You have been taxed alot lately in this arena; i.e. Your current job, the boyfriends, etc. While we all go through these things, I think sometimes we forget that after we resolve them to whatever conclusion we come up with, there has to be a recovery period of adjustment. Mental and emotional issues are very hard on the body alot of times and we really can't expect to just jump back into the fray of things once they are over. I could be way of base here, but have you considered that in all of this, you have just simply lost your way? A period of time might do the trick. While sabatical reflection isn't at all the 'manly' rage thing to do, but for your overall health (mentally, emotionally and physically), I think you might want to consider it. In your corner, pal. icon_wink.gif
  • GQjock

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    Jun 18, 2009 11:00 AM GMT
    Motivation in the gym
    has everything to do with your emotional state

    When you feel optimistic and ambitious about life you got motivation to spare
    But if you're frazzled depressed or just plain tired motivation will go out the window

    You mentioned something about an Ex and some financial matters in your first post
    That stands out like a sore thumb
    Try changing something in your workout that might spark interest
    Try changing gyms
    try working with a trainer
    anything different might get you back into the gym
  • silverfox

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    Jun 18, 2009 12:07 PM GMT
    dancerjack saidbut it's getting harder and harder to force myself to workout even 2 times a week.

    am i just tired/burned out, am i going through a standard down phase, or am i reaching some blurry, undefined point where i've just stopped caring as much?

    thoughts?



    Is it possible that there is a tick attached to your body that is sucking the life out of you?
    I am half kidding about this, my best friend was going through the same thing and it turned out that was the case......
    I never count out possible physical manifestations when I hear of symptoms like those you describe.



  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 18, 2009 12:16 PM GMT
    Hey Jack,
    Sorry to hear about the motivation issues. If it were me, I'd take a brief
    break and reassess... I'd certainly suggest a major shift in your workout
    types...... incorporate some new exercises. I think we both know you don't want to quit altogether.

    What might be happening is rival priorities are eroding the long time efforts you have been making. You need to reassess, reprioritize (if you want that), but at least identify where everything fits.

    Knowing you, all will "fit well". Have a great Thursday there...

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  • Timbales

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    Jun 18, 2009 12:33 PM GMT
    It's possible that other things in your life could be affecting your desire to work out. That may be worth taking a look at.

    You may want to consider taking a break from working out, or trying a completely different workout routine and give yourself some new challenges. Maybe take up a sport or hobby that will give you a workout without it being gym time, like rock climbing.
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    Jun 18, 2009 2:55 PM GMT
    you should dance in your head

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    Jun 18, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    Perhaps attempt a complete makeover of your workout regimen. I did this recently and have benefited greatly from it, physically and emotionally.
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    Jun 18, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    thank you so much for all these various ideas... they're all valid, and i've got some thinking to do... i'll look for that tick first... icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 18, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    Jack....

    Just relax, take a break and just be for a while. You've trained so hard for so long, it's not going any where, just take a break and your body will tell you when it's time to go back!
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jun 18, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    You're allowed to take a break. RELAX and then get back into it.

    I was forced to do that and it really helped me!
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    Jun 18, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    i've seen this happen through-out my life. I call it getting-off-the-train. i've seen the hot jocks in H.S. get fat in their late 20's...the hot college guys that peaked in their late 20's, fat in their late 30's,etc. It generally is accompanied by a degradation in their personal stylishness too. The H.S. . guy still having a mullet hair style, the once hot college guys still wearing pleated dockers, etc... Funny , you see this less in europeans that americans.
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    Jun 18, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    Just my take and I hope it helps you.

    I am wondering if you have positive associations with workout or negative? I love going to the gym and getting my daily hour in somehow, like a kid in a candy store, it is dare I say, a pleasure, a relief, and something that I think of as improving me and making me feel better.

    A friend of mine thought of the gym as drudgery. He takes it in such a disciplinary, regimented, and harsh way that he makes himself miserable and therefore has declined in his visits to the gym.

    With your long history, I doubt you have negative associations, but maybe?

    You could be depressed, and not really not know it. Sometimes people underestimate loss in relationships, having a existenital outlook from having to pay off bills, etc.. I would say to listen to those who recommended taking it easy and finding some time to do some things you enjoy, and they don't have to cost money, smell the roses and take as much of a load off as you can. You might find yourself energized by this and wanting to hit the gym more often, but if not-- that is OK too, you have a body already that could last a lifetime, WOW!

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    Jun 18, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    Alpha13 said Funny , you see this less in europeans that americans.


    This is because we are intrinsically sexy.

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    Jun 19, 2009 12:25 AM GMT
    I just took 8 days off from the gym. Not only could I not wait to go back but I was stronger. Try that out. You arent going to lose weight in 8 days. Drove me crazy but I was total burnout after 18 yrs of working out.
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    Jun 19, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    You're getting older.

    If you aren't already it's probably time for you to get on some HRT. It'll help you across the board with things from body composition, to mood, to libido, to energy, to carb uptake, to blood pressure to cholesterol, to protecting your bones, as well as protecting your heart, helping to prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and other diseases of aging. It's time.

    Testosterone is good medicine and you're at that age.

    Time to go see a good doctor and do some preventative medicine that will help you for years.

    If you're working to much, stop it.

    Eat.

    Rest.

    Get on some AAS / HRT and you'll feel a bunch better, and be able to sustain your lifestyle (business and personal) well into middle age.
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    Jun 19, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    Jack,,


    I take all natural stuff. I have loads of energy and my balls are plump and juicy. Testosterone can be had with a few simple and inexpensive supplements, with out any doctor. Right now I am in the process of my certification as an herbalist and nutritionist. I am very pro homeopathic methods. Chemical pills only beg for more pills. They are not a cure...A CURE is what your after and having less stress and more down time is a good start!!
    I also go on long walks and hikes. The gym can be boring and I burnt out on that long ago. You can do most things right at home or on a park bench!! Try it and see....


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  • adidas0783

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    Jun 19, 2009 1:40 AM GMT
    dancerjack saidi've been active and fit my whole life. i'm lucky. my mom put me in gymnastics when i was only 6. by 13 i was in both dance and gymnastics. by 15 i was dancing all the time. by 18 i was working out (poorly). and since then i've just always been in the habit of being fit...

    however, i don't know if i'm just fatigued from working so much the last 3 years in an attempt to recover financially from my last boy friend, or if i'm genuinely just starting to care less, but it's getting harder and harder to force myself to workout even 2 times a week.

    am i just tired/burned out, am i going through a standard down phase, or am i reaching some blurry, undefined point where i've just stopped caring as much?

    thoughts?


    Jack,

    I have dealt with similar phases of burnout and/or disinterest. For me it came on when I was 22 and continued until this past year and flared up this past December. I just did not care and I was going through this whole "self-discovery" phase that all men (and women) go through in their 20's. This was exacerbated with working a lot, paying bills, getting back on track for going back to school again (still in that process), ect. I will be 26 next month and though I still have some general frustrations. Everything is slowly looking brighter and seems to be falling into place.

    I would check with your health care provider so that a full work up can be ordered. I did so with mine just to make sure my testosterone levels where in check. Everything looked great - but I wanted to make sure all my equipment and plumbing looked good. Just to make sure nothing underlying is going on.

    Also, just re-evaluate your life and anything negative that may be dragging you down. Get rid of it completely - bet it boyfriend/relationship, friends, job or general environment.

    Lastly, take a break. Maybe a week or two from your current/previous fitness regimen and just focus on yourself. icon_smile.gif

    -Aaron
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    Jun 19, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
    I second the recommendation to try rock climbing, could also be bicycling, water sports (rowing/swimming), martial arts, or cross-country skiing. These are more mind-stimulating sports that keep you in shape.
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    Jun 19, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    Have you switched up your routine at all? Doing the same thing over and over again gets tired.

    Giving your brain and body a week or so to recover, and then easing back into a routine wouldn't hurt if it is burnout.

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    Jun 19, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    Could be you're also looking at your whole life and wondering if you're heading in the right direction. Might be some time for just some reflection and planning of where you're going, and what you're goals are. Kinda difficult to do things if you not sure where you want to go.
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    Jun 19, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    It is OK to rest and take a few weeks off at least. Also you can incorporate a lest regimented exercise path .. try hiking or kayaking or anything fun. You get a workout while enjoying and refreshing yourself. You get a workout without even realizing it. Its fun! icon_biggrin.gif

    Also getting outdoors in nice weather can mentally refresh you and cheer you up!