From plateaus and overuse injuries to boredom and lack of motivation to physical and mental fatigue, workout burnout comes in many different forms. All of which can easily never happen to you—if you have the proper fitness plan, which involves more than knowing how many days a week you’ll dedicate to cardio versus weight lifting and how many minutes each session will last.
Check for these clues that your exercise regimen may cause you to go from breaking a sweat to breaking yourself, and learn what adjustments to make to ensure you never fall into a fitness funk.
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You Strictly Stick to Your Routine
A fitness habit is an excellent thing to develop—so long as it doesn’t become a set-in-stone rut. “After 12 to 16 weeks, the body will adapt to any exercise program and individuals will hit a plateau,” says Pete McCall, a San Diego-based master trainer and strength and conditioning coach. To continue moving ahead on the road to your goals, you have to bust out of your box. You can take a 180-degree shift and try that aerial yoga or sandbag class, or you can some smaller changes, McCall says, such as using free weights as opposed to weight machines, performing intervals instead of steady-state cardio, or splitting up your usual hour on the treadmill into 20 minutes each on the rowing machine, elliptical, and stair-climber.
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