Happy September! Yes, I am just about to get obnoxious on you. It is no secret that I am not a hot weather fan AT ALL so I’m always more than ready for fall to roll around. Even though we’ll still have ninety degree weather for a few more weeks, the beginning of September always means that fall is coming, and I might have done a little dance yesterday when I turned the page on the calendar.
Speaking of the weekend, I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day. Although we had big plans to get some stuff done around the house, we didn’t get quite as much accomplished as we would have liked. We are horrible home improvement people. On any given weekend, John and I can think of about 1,000 things we’d rather be doing including binge watching The West Wing which is exactly what we did most of the weekend! We did manage to start scraping the kitchen cabinets yesterday, and my kitchen has now become a war zone with a kaleidoscope backdrop. It takes us a really long time to finish projects in our house so I don’t even want to think about the amount of time the kitchen is going to look this way.
So today I wanted to talk to you guys about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Workout burnout (isn’t that snappy phrasing?). It seems like ever since we got home from our backpacking trip, I have had zero motivation to workout. I don’t feel like running. It’s hard to drag myself to Cross Fit. I just plain don’t want to do it. I think this is for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I was way too overextended last year. Not only did I spend most of 2013-2014 (you know I measure in school years!) getting into running and training for my first two half-marathons, but I picked up Cross Fit and consistently went four times a week. By May, I was mentally and physically exhausted.
Plus, I’m a homebody. It’s terrible but true. How does this manifest itself in my workouts? Well, it means that by the time I come home in the afternoon the last thing I want to do is turn right around and go to a class. Perhaps it’s good old-fashioned laziness, but there it is.
Last but not least, I have a little confession to make. The truth is, I really don’t like to workout. Hear me out. It’s just not something I naturally like to do. Yes, I love the way you feel afterwards, and, yes, I still do it because I know it’s what’s best for my body. However, I don’t crave it or even really enjoy it the way some people do. If given my choice, I would spend the majority of my free time curled up with a book or hiking in the mountains (<–if I lived near mountains, all my exercise problems would be solved!).
So how do I combat this workout burnout and get my groove back? Here’s a few simple strategies:
1. Walk-I think sometimes walking doesn’t get the credit it deserves because it’s not seen as a strenuous exercise. Sure, it may not be quite as intense as running or Cross Fit, but walking can still provide a great workout. It has always been my favorite form of exercise, but I’ve not been doing it as much lately because I feel like I have to get more bang for my workout buck. I plan rediscovering my love of walking especially on those days when fresh air would help after a long day at school.
2. Switch it up!-I have a ton of different workout DVDs that are just gathering dust, and I use to really enjoy doing them. There’s a workout board on Pinterest that I haven’t glanced at in ages. It’s time to think outside the box a little.
3. Sign up for a race-I really do love to race. There’s just something about the atmosphere of a half-marathon or even a 5K that’s addicting. Plus, I am definitely one of those people that work better with a specific goal in mind. Signing up for a race will give me focus and a goal to work towards.
4. Give myself a break-A huge part of the reason why I’ve developed this attitude lately is because I’ve been putting huge pressure on myself. All day long I think about how much I need to make the 4:30 Cross Fit class so that by the end of the day, it’s the last thing I want to do. I’m not going to put any expectations on myself for a few weeks. If I feel like going, I’ll go. If not, no problem. Hopefully, this will mean that I truly enjoy the experience on the days I go, and that will make it a pleasant association in my mind again!
So this is what I’m going to focus on in the next few months. Mental health is just as important as physical, and, hopefully, these strategies will clear my head and give me a fresh perspective on exercise in general. Now, if you’ll excuse, I’m going for a walk!
Do you ever suffer from workout burnout? How do you cope?