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Let's talk about Burnout

By Kristy West

THU JUL 29, 2021

Hello awesome human!

By now, I'm sure we've all heard about a few athletes in these current Olympics who have struggled with mental health and burnout. Unfortunately, this is all too common for these elite athletes who's livelihood is based around how good they are in sports.

But what about the rest of us? The non Olympic athletes. Do we experience burnout too?

Absolutely! Our experiences just aren't talked about on national news.

So what is exercise burnout?

Typically speaking, when burnout is used in terms of sports or exercise, we think of not wanting to do that activity any more or lacking the motivation to do a workout.

That's not the only symptom. Each of us can have different experiences, so here's a brief list of what burnout can look like:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue you cannot recover from
  • Inability to complete workouts
  • Inability to maintain previous paces or reps
  • Foggy brain
  • Lack of motivation or desire to exercise
  • Race anxiety (beyond typical jitters)
  • Changes in appetite

These are just a few examples.

So what can we do to help combat getting to the point of burnout?

My first suggestion would be to lay off training. Don't skip it all together, but reduce the frequency and output. You're body and mind need a break. Rethink your training plan and reassess your goal.

Secondly, talk to someone. A teammate, a training partner, a friend, a sports psychologist. It doesn't matter. Talk to someone who has your BEST INTEREST at heart. I volunteer myself if you want to talk to me.

I would also suggest swapping at least 1 workout a week for dedicated time to stretching and joint mobility. The most efficient way to do that is by taking a Yoga for Athletes class. These classes are designed to complement athletic training - focusing on specific movements for tight areas, increasing breath awareness, and providing recovery.

This doesn't just apply to athletes, exercisers, or fitness enthusiasts. Adding intentional stretching and movement is so beneficial to everyone, regardless of their athletic abilities.

My challenge to you is to book and pay for a yoga, stretch, or mobility class this week.

Do yourself a favor and take some time for yourself. I'll be here cheering you on!

Kristy

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