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#181: Burnout

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Interesting story out of Gainesville, Fla., this weekend when Florida Gators football coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation as head of the wildly successful program.

The reason cited? Personal health concerns.

Since becoming the Gators head coach, Meyer has been one of the most acclaimed college football coaches in the country. But the pressure to succeed became too much for him.

Doesn't this speak to us as well as we pursue fitness success? Can we train to excess and limit our calories to the point of harming ourselves?

Most definitely.

Body For Life, a highly regarded fitness program, and others, suggests taking one day a week off to relax, eat what we want (in moderation of course) and recuperate from the physicality of the rest of the week.

No one can continue at a high level of performance for long without a break.

As one SP article mentioned recently, we need to recognize when less exercise is actually more and when more calories are actually less.

Don't let burnout affect you. Don't try for rapid weight loss and instantaneous fitness. Recognize that this is a long road we're on, not a short track to success.

Learn to relax and only do what you can do. Don't compare yourself to others in the gym or to others who have lost more weight in a shorter amount of time.

We're all different and our bodies react differently to the same exercises and the same calorie limits.

Stay within yourself. Remain focused. Take time off for you, to relax and rejuvenate.

Do these things and soon you'll begin seeing the results of your efforts. Don't let burnout turn you away from a successful program. Pace yourself. As the saying goes, we didn't get into the shape we're in overnight. We're not going to get out of this shape into a new body overnight, either.

Best of success to you.
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