Even though I write a lot about staying fit on A Side of Sweet, sometimes I have to remember to take my own advice. Case in point – in January, when everyone else was busy getting energized and setting new goals, I was fighting some serious workout burnout. Think burnt-to-a-crisp burnout.
We recently moved to a new neighborhood in San Francisco, putting us too far away from my beloved Golden Gate Park to do my daily runs there. Instead, I’ve been running on concrete surfaces, dodging cars and running past people smoking cigarettes. It’s hard to stay motivated after being so spoiled! The excuses started to add up and before I knew it I was only running 3-4 times per week and had completely cut out my long run.
I knew I needed to switch things up. I had heard great things about The Dailey Method from friends. They raved about how you use every muscle in their barre workouts and about the camaraderie in the classes. I thought it sounded like just the thing I needed.
After my first class, I knew The Dailey Method was perfect. I literally felt like I was floating. I felt straighter and taller. Like I had used muscles that had been asleep for years! I absolutely love the tiny movements (up an inch, down an inch!) and repetitions that make you feel like you just can’t go on. I love the feeling of digging deep and channeling my breath to push through the pain. I also love connecting with women in classes and through social media who are just as into The Dailey Method as I am! On a recent Instagram post, a woman shared how she lost 25 pounds with The Dailey Method. It seems like so many people have a story about how their bodies changed after starting The Dailey Method.
My favorite instructor was Brittany (who is in these photos), who owns The Dailey Method Mission Castro in San Francisco. I talked to her a lot about being bored with my usual exercise routine and we brainstormed ways to stay motivated to workout.
Here are some tips we came up with. They were helpful for me, so I thought would be nice to share with all of you!
Tips for Fighting Workout Burnout
1. Switch it Up! :: Obviously for me, this was exactly what I needed. I was in a running rut and I needed a complete change in my exercise routine to snap me out of it. The Dailey Method works my body differently. It engages different muscles and requires more attention and focus than running. The instructors somehow manage to know the names of almost everyone in class, which helps to make me feel like I’m part of a group.
2. Find a Workout Buddy :: I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but finding a friend to keep you motivated can really help! My friend Katie signed up for Dailey Method classes with me which helped to keep me accountable. There were days when I 100% would have played hooky, but knowing that Katie would be there too was just the kick in the pants I needed.
3. Switch up Your Routine :: Brittany talked a lot about making little changes to stay motivated. Even if you don’t pick a whole new sport, try a different time of day to work out or choose a class with a different instructor.
4. Stay Accountable :: Plan your workouts at the beginning of each week. You could even write them on your calendar or set a phone alarm! Set little goals, like taking three classes or running ‘x’ number of miles. Thanks to online registration, I register for all the classes I plan to take ahead of time which means I’m committed to working out! You could also sign up for a race, like I did last fall when I was trying to up my fitness level.
5. Treat Yourself :: Splurge on some nice workout gear so you feel good going to class or to the gym! Reward yourself for a particularly good week or month with a deep tissue massage.
6. Be Present :: Focus on your muscles and don’t let your mind wander. Remember that your workout is the one hour you have completely to yourself, disconnected from technology and work stressors. Take advantage of that time to really maximize your workout time!
7. Take Time Off :: Part of working out consistently is giving your body time to rest and recover. Some of the most important benefits of exercise happen when your body is at rest. That’s when your muscles repair and strengthen and your heart remodels to increase your endurance. You need to listen to your body and avoid overtraining. Make sure you allow enough time between workouts and take some days off!
8. Give Back :: Try coaching or mentoring someone in the sport you enjoy! Connecting with others who are just starting out is a great way to remain energized and feel good about what you’re doing! What better way to get excited about your own fitness than to help other people with theirs!
Those are our tips! What do you do to prevent workout burnout?
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Thanks to Brittany for all the advice and kicking my butt! Thanks to The Dailey Method for sponsoring this post.
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