About Exercise Burnout

March 08, 2018

About Exercise Burnout


Feeling unmotivated to exercise? Exhausted instead of energized after a workout? Have you been training a lot but notice a decrease in your performance? Maybe you’re burnt out. Exercise can be extremely beneficial, but too much of it can do more harm than good. When I first started working out, I would be afraid to skip the gym in fear of slacking off. It can be easy to slip into a situation where you are over-exercising especially at the start of a new fitness routine; whether you are a newbie or a seasoned athlete.

What is Exercise Burnout?

A situation where you overtrain your body. This usually happens when you train a lot without adequate rest in between sessions to give your body time to recover.

Exercise burnout can be both mental and physical. Here are some signs that you might be burnt out:

  • Decreased performance
  • Lack of motivation or enjoyment
  • Feeling exhausted instead of energized after working out
  • Physical fatigue → Feeling tired and sore longer than usual
  • Mental fatigue → Irritability, anxiety and frustration

These signs are a way your body might be telling you that you need a break. Without enough rest in between sessions, the body does not have enough time to recover and prepare itself for the next workout.

How to Recover From Burnout

Get enough rest! Your body needs time to recover and restore itself so it can get back to being its strong self. Mental and physical recovery require different approaches. I talk more about the difference in this article. Here are some things that can help:

  • Take a day or two off from training
  • Start again with a light exercise session
  • Good nutrition! → Fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains
  • Get enough sleep (7-9 hours is key)

This should give your body the break it deserves and get you back to training in no time feeling reenergized and even stronger.  

This National Nutrition Month, we’re doing a series of blog posts about recovery and its nuances. Check out our other blog posts here and tell us what recovery means to you!

References and Resources:

10 Signs You're Exercising Too Much -U.S. News: Health

Over-Exercising or Simply Burned Out -Huffington Post

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