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Resist the Urge to Over Train

By this time of the year a lot of us are either totally full force ahead with our workout program, or have left it in the dust with the rest of our new year's resolutions. For those of us who fall into the first category, congratulations!

Now that you've gotten into the groove you may have even upped your workouts to almost every day, which is great but if you feel yourself starting to get burnt out, it may be time to ease up a bit. A lot of times we get so excited about our workouts and the results we are seeing (improved body weight, improved mood, more energy, etc.) that it can be easy to get addicted to exercising. I am a big proponent on getting hooked on working out but sometimes, without realizing it; you could be on your way to becoming burned out. In this case, more is not always better.

Here is a simple tip to prevent getting burned out: It may seem counter-intuitive, but rest in between workouts is a great way to improve performance -- This way you'll be giving your body the rest, both physically and mentally, it needs. Beginners should aim to take every other day off, while more experienced fitness enthusiasts should take at least one day off a week.


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misskboo misskboo 9 years
I like to take a full rest day once a week and an active rest day, which I don't go to the gym but do a yoga dvd or shop for a few hours (anything to get moving but gently). The other days I do weights and/or cardio. If I go to the gym 6 days a week I get obsessive and eventually burn out.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Yes, kind of! I try to explain this to people that I get addicted to exercise so easily. Even when I was 290+ pounds I worked out every day for an hour to two hours and felt like I couldn't stop. If I didn't go to the gym I emotionally felt like crap, felt the need to punish myself the next time I went to the gym by doing a more intense workout without eating or until I was in serious pain. I talked to my therapist about it and she said it an addiction that I need to work on controlling. So now my gym membership is on hiberation for a few months but now I've started walking over 12 miles a day and doing my Windsor Pilates dvds at home. My body aches like crazy and I don't think I get any endorphine rush from exercising, its more of a compulsion to use fill my time with busy work and clear my head. I don't get burnt out on exercising and doing the same routine over and over again. I don't look in the mirror for results, I don't buy new smaller clothes (though I need to) and just buy new ADIDAS running shoes and exercise pants and t-shirts. It's totally sick. Usually what stops me from continuing down this path further is some serious injury or severe pain.
TygrTygr TygrTygr 9 years
Okay, it is just *scary* the way you write these articles just when i need to hear them. How did you know I skipped my rest days this week?? It is hard to take a rest when you get on a roll. I'm afraid if I stop I won't start back up!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Thanks for this post, Fit. I slept in this morning and was feeling guilty. I feel a little better now...and look forward to hitting the gym tomorrow morning!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I have my rest days but I always look forward to working out the next day :)
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
It's so hard though, once you get in the groove. I took yesterday off, now today I feel disgusting. Can't wait til after work so I can hop on the treadmill! :)
Bee87 Bee87 9 years
I always make sure I have a rest day in between workouts. Yesterday was a weightlift day so today I rest. I think it is just as important as the workout itself!
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