Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Controlling your stress....

Currently making my way through a AFAA self-study course during my lunch breaks.  Today's chapter - stress & burnout. 

Stress is defined as a mental or physical tension or strain.  Those daily, small stressful demands we put on ourselves (especially the ladies) are what lead to the big "B" --- burnout! --- which is flat out emotional exhaustion.  Remember my mantra:  It's all about choices! 

In the fitness world jumping in to a new routine full steam ahead isn't the only thing can lead to burnout.  Did you know NOT seeing results quickly enough - or setting unrealistic goals and not achieving them - can lead to burnout?  So many times I've heard someone set a goal to lose 15 pounds in a month, but at the end of that month they've only lost 5, a healthy 1.2 lbs per week, that they see it as failure, they get frustrated, they feel EMOTIONALLY EXHAUSTED by their failed efforts --- all for naught.  1.2 lbs is a realistic goal that should be celebrated! No matter how much you have to lose.

One of the things that can be helpful in avoinding burnout is getting educated about working out & consulting a fitness professional before setting goals & strting new programs.  

But if your fitness routine isn't leading you to feel stressed, there are many other things that can help lower any bad stress and prevent burnout - all in this one handy list compiled by AFAA©

And if you're not stressed, whose spirits can't be lifted higher when they have a little dance party?

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