Exercise burnout occurs when individuals neglect self-care or engage in excessive high-intensity workouts without proper recovery. Symptoms include constant exhaustion, loss of appetite, and difficulty consuming enough food. This can lead to dependency on intense workouts for feeling good, but it ultimately results in a crash and low energy levels.
To avoid exercise burnout, it's essential to change your training style. Incorporate activities like weightlifting, walking, and relaxation into your routine. Prioritize adequate nutrition, sleep, and rest. Remember that exercise is a form of stress, and while it can be a good strategy to manage stress, there comes a point when the body lacks the resources to sustain it. Have conversations about underlying reasons for using exercise as a coping mechanism and explore alternative ways to address these issues.