How to avoid workout burnout

If you find yourself not wanting to work out after hitting the gym for days on end, you may be burnt out.
“You’re Feeling Down and/or Your Body Feels Off (a.k.a. Physical Burnout): Burnout can also affect you on a physical level, says Stratyner. This occurs when people get used to the levels of endorphins and dopamine they’re producing when they’re consistently crushing tough workouts. If you take a day off or miss a workout, your body misses those warm and fuzzy chemicals. This can make you feel slightly depressed, which makes it harder to get back to the gym. Depressive symptoms can include a drop in sex drive, change in appetite, and a change in your sleeping habits (like not being able to fall asleep as fast as you used to), says Stratyner. “Additionally, pushing yourself too hard could result in an increase in your resting heart rate, possibly due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system (which is in control of your body’s fight or flight response), says Matheny. You might also feel sore every day because your body doesn’t have a chance to heal. And sadly, you might not see results of your hard work—either because overtraining is keeping you from performing to the best of your abilities or other symptoms like a loss of sleep are impacting your workouts.”
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