You might have noticed that I haven’t been working out as much as I used to in the last few weeks. Lately, I haven’t been as motivated and excited about exercising what so ever. After a few months of teaching up to 2 high intensity workouts classes a day, my energy levels, degree of motivation and drive have taken a fall. I’ve been struggling with this lack of energy & motivation ever since I stopped teaching a couple months back, I kept torturing myself for being so “lazy” and wondered when in the world would I get back in the game and get fueled by my desire to become a “fit beast” again! Unfortunately, every time I’d decide to take a challenge and get back into working out as frequently and intensely as I used to, I’d fall down before I’d get back up on the wagon… this cycle got me even more drained & down. Yesterday, while browsing through other fitness blogs, I’ve realized that it’s not uncommon, especially for fitness instructors, to get into a fitness funk over the weeks, months, years of teaching and working out non-stop! Perhaps I overtrained, perhaps I pushed myself and my body a little too far?
Have you been pushing yourself harder and harder without being able to get back into the game, without getting stronger, fitter, more energized and without reaching your goals and seeing results?
Sometimes, we need to slow down and take the time to recover, mentally as well as physically. We are not energizer bunnies, even top athletes take the time to fully recover before getting back to their strenuous training programs. More isn’t always better; more can be detrimental and only get you further away from your goals on the long run!
Not feeling motivated & feeling lazy & tired from time to time isn’t necessary a sign that you are overtraining, but if this state persists and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
– Frequent fatigue
– Decrease in performance levels
– Longer recovery time after working out
– Lost of interest for exercising
– Feeling down, low, blue, maybe ever angry, irritable and depressed
– Elevated resting heart rate
– Trouble sleeping
– Increase or decrease in appetite
– Lowered function of the immune system
This might indicate that you are physically and/or emotionally burnt out because you have pushed yourself too hard.
Don’t panic, it happens to the best of us and there is a solution to this problem:
RELAX, RECOVER, TAKE A FREAKIN’ BREAK & LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, LOVE IT, NURTURE IT AND TAKE CARE OF IT!
If you’ve been working out hard-core for some time now, take a week off or take it easy, maybe enjoy some leisure time outdoors engaging in lower intensity physical activity. NO, you won’t lose all of those hard-earned muscles; NO you won’t gain 10 pounds of fat if you don’t workout obsessively… on the contrary, you might be surprised with the outcomes of a good rest and recovery period! Being in “BEAST MODE” 360 is not only stupid, it’s harmful and won’t get you the results you’re looking for, it’s crucial to know when enough is enough in order to reach your fitness goals and remain sane.
If you don’t want to put your training completely on the side, you can try reducing the number of workouts you do on a weekly basis or decrease your intensity. Another option is to try something different, something new… whatever you do, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! You don’t want your workouts to feel like a nagging chore, something else you have to do but really just want to avoid all together. Taking a few days or even a few weeks off may be just what you need to get that Mojo back!
Sometimes, it really is necessary to cut back on something great to realize how much we miss it, in this case, how much we miss feeling strong, fit, energized & healthy!
Have any of you ever felt like you’ve lost your fitness funk? What did you do to get back in the game and get your groove back on?
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