I like to think about the human body like an expensive sports car. There are many moving parts, they requires maintenance, each one is different, and even the slightest malfunction can disrupt the entire vehicle. So ask yourself this, would you drive your own car into the ground by never letting off the gas pedal? To save our own miles, or longevity, rest and recovery is crucial to overall wellness and health. Humans need to listen to their bodies, and respond to what they hear.
You know instantly when a squealing car drives by that something is wrong, or that the car has been neglected. The owner probably isn’t listening to their car, and that car won’t last very long at that rate. If you’re sore, in pain, or flat out tired, then working out and putting more strain on your body isn’t going to improve anything. Everyone is different, and can respond to physical, mental, and emotional strain in various ways. As a coach, I see dozens of clients on a regular basis. Not only have I gone through physical “burnout” myself, I’ve also seen it happen to clients on numerous occasions. Most of the time, the person doesn’t realize what’s going on until it’s too late. Listen to the signs and symptoms so that you don’t go through burnout as well!
You may be close to burnout if:
- Your mood is negative or doubtful
- Caring about your daily activities seems like a waste of energy
- You’re tired all of the time
- You’re physically sore more often than not
- You rely on caffeine or other stimulants to function normally
Listen to what your body is telling you. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off, or simply going easy in a workout. Remember, proper maintenance of our bodies will help prevent burnout. Stretching, myofascial release, hydrating, and proper nutrition will get you on the path to being the Maserati or Ferrari that your body should always be!
Born and raised in Long Beach, Alex earned his degree in Kinesiology from CSULB. He is a CrossFit Level 1 coach, NSCA certified personal trainer, and Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard. His athletic experience started as a small child playing soccer and has developed into a well-rounded athlete that enjoys running, swimming, surfing and basically all outdoor activities… (Don’t get him started on fishing.)