When exercise burnout strikes
This fitness fan's confession may help you get through your next exercise rut.
Thu, Jan 05, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I have a dilemma today. Staying active is doable, but enjoying it is what makes the work effective mentally and physically.
When I was on a trip to Mexico, I dragged myself to the gym and yoga. I sought out pole dancing in an attempt to get myself excited to exercise! Of course I loved all of the activities once I got there. (Not for the workout as much as the challenge to keep up with the instruction in Spanish. Ugh.) On a recent trip to Arizona, I even had to motivate to bike and hike in the gorgeous red rocky mountains of Sedona. At that point I said to myself, I’m burned out.
So … what to do to reconnect with the high of exercise? That’s a very good question. I’ve found the answer is never the same.
Forcing yourself to do something never works; committing to a regimen is another story.
At this moment, committing to the gym is painful, and my workouts seem to be fruitless. I don’t feel better when I leave the gym.
In an attempt to not go any deeper into this rut, I’m adjusting my mindset to not be so hard on myself. Nothing positive can come from criticising the effort I do make to regain my fitness. So ... here’s what I’m doing:
Exercising an hour a day. Usually if I can carve out that time, I’ll use it and a little more.
Finding classes to get me to the gym.
Focusing on my emotions in yoga, not the poses.
Eating whatever I want.
Reading "The Spectrum" by Dr. Dean Ornish
My thinking is that minimal effort will maintain my current physique while I work to find whatever it is that will flip the switch in my mind to re-engage in my fitness regime.
As for my diet, it sucks at the moment. My strategy on this front is to bread and sugar myself out until I run back to greens. Terrible plan, terrible. So I”m trying to eat fruits and veggies before I eat anything else.
What I’ve read of "The Spectrum" thus far agrees with my strategy, but I can tell Ornish would want me to be more aggressive with my approach on both the fitness and diet front. I’m not far along in the book yet, so I won’t jump to conclusions. Apparently he has a “scientifically proven program to fell better, live longer, lose weight, and gain health.” It’s not a diet book, it’s about creating a sustainable lifestyle that prevents disease. I just found out that Ornish was one of the only people Steve Jobs wanted to see before he died. He must have something helpful to say then, right?
You’ve now read my dark secret — I’m not an invincible fitness fanatic. Just another person looking to maintain a healthy life :)