Skip to content

Exercise Burnout

January 23, 2014


One of the biggest challenges to people who are new to exercise or are even veterans is burnout. Unfortunately I see exercise burnout all the time. It has even happened to me! Exercise feels good, so logic tells us that if some or a lot is good then doing more must be better. I wish I could tell you differently but our bodies do not work that way. Our bodies need time to rest and recover from the rigors of working out and just life itself. Working out a couple of hours a day every day of the week might sound like something to brag about but if that is your routine, you are doing more harm than good. Exercising too much can result in decreased performance, increased recovery time, a weakened immune system, and increased fat gain. So what is too much exercise? That is a hard question to answer but the easy answer is to say that it depends on the person. What may be too much for one person may not be enough for someone else. I am an advocate for listening to your body. Here are some tips to help keep exercising safe and effective:  

1. Keep workouts under two hours: Lets be real, after an hour or so, most of us are tired from our workout. The longer you go past that tired point, the greater your chance for injury.

2. Lift weights no more than four to five times per week: Muscle fibers need 24-48 hrs of rest to recover. 

3. Switch up your workout for balance: If you have been doing a pump class for weeks, mix in a kick boxing class to keep the workout fresh and to train different muscles.  

4. Rest one to two days a week: Your rest days do not have to be lazy days. Instead of hitting the gym, go to the park for a brisk walk outside.

5. Listen to your body: If you are really sore in an area don’t compound it by exercising the same muscle group. If your body says no, listen to it. 

If done right exercise is a great and powerful tool to help lose weight, decrease risk of illness, get off or decrease medications, and just feel better about yourself. The guidelines of three to five 60 minute exercise sessions per week were made for a reason, there is no need to over do it!


From → Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: