For a lot of people, avoiding burnout will be the number one goal when it comes to their bodybuilding. After all, “Why do we even have to get excited about building muscle if we’re not going to put in the work?” This is a valid question. And by dedicating time to working out and staying motivated, you are more likely to avoid becoming a Burnout.
Unfortunately, Burnout can happen to anyone at any given time. If you are dedicated to building muscle, you should set some goals as to when you expect to see significant results from your efforts. This may sound obvious, but it’s something many people gloss over or totally forget. It really is best to keep a log or schedule that you follow for each phase of your muscle building program. By setting a goal and visualizing success at each milestone, you are much more likely to stay on track and keep building muscle Avoiding burnout.
One thing I find helpful is having my priorities right. I am committed to putting in the time necessary for my muscle building efforts so that I can get the most out of my time. So I make sure I set aside time each day that is dedicated solely to my weightlifting or other exercises. I am aware that this includes resting, but I make sure I get enough rest to promote my muscle repair and growth. Most people simply don’t give themselves enough time to properly repair and rebuild muscles after strenuous exercise.
Another area to check on your time allotment each day is in the gym. If your routine includes lifting weights, but there is very little time spent actually lifting, then you are spending that time at the gym working out the wrong muscles. This is counterproductive. The key here is to spend the majority of your time in the weight room actually performing the exercises you want to accomplish. You’ll find you will be lifting much less often if you focus on doing the exercise properly.
A final area to check on is your diet. I know it sounds silly, but your body needs calories just like any other muscle. You can either eat more calories or eat less, but most people choose to eat less. If you eat less, your body does not have as much fuel or energy to perform at its highest potential.
Avoiding burnout is about making simple adjustments that can make a big difference. Take the time to follow a few of these tips and you will find your workout routine will go a lot smoother and you will avoid the “burnout effect”. Good luck and stay focused!