One of the most common cases of burnout I see is when someone getting into a new exercise routine, goes “too hard too early”.
This is very common as they over-commit too far and suffer severe burnout, weeks, months later and it sets them back even further than where they started.
The best way to combat this is to set a realistic target/goal that fits in with your current work/life/social balance. It has to be realistic or it will never stick.
If you work late 4 nights a week, but you tell yourself, your buddy, and your trainer that you are aiming for 3-4 nights a week at the gym, then you’ve already set yourself up to fail.
You will never achieve it, and you’ll feel more stressed, and guilty for missing workouts week in week out.
Look at your calendar, write in what will work weekly.
Can you do 2 mornings, and 1-2 evenings?
What about a Saturday morning class?
Can you take the stress out of fitting in workouts, by better allocating your time?
What about pre-preparing meals on a Sunday, then Monday night has less stress, and you can get to the gym with plenty of time.
It takes little things like this to keep you on track with a sustainable routine, that, even with a big disruption, doesn’t completely derail you.
“Fail to plan. Plan to fail.”
This is something I push day-in-day-out to ALL my clients.
If you are already time poor, and can’t tell me what you’re having for dinner that night, there is already a problem.
It doesn’t sound like much, but can make a HUGE difference in your life, training, goals and everything in between!
GO GET IT!