Psychologically, what are the warning signs of burnout? And can you suggest some tips to sort that out?
There are many different signs of burnout and this is resonant of anything in life. Lethargy, lack of motivation, for something you usually love to do, fear, anxiety, depression (yes – it’s a hidden, unspoken topic that affects athletes too) not being able to push yourself physically are all signs that you need take a break and put the ambulance at the top of the cliff. Try to find the reasons why you loved doing it in the first place and reset the priorities of what you’re doing it for, or what you’re wanting to achieve. As with all things, these will change and be fluid over time depending on what else is going on in your life.
What do you think about the long term effects of red-lining the body year on year?
Smashing your central nervous system repetitively will have an impact over time, not necessarily immediately. As with high intensity interval training based regimes (i.e. Cross Fit style land training) the body will always need a period of recovery to reap the gains of the training that has just been completed. The methodology behind the philosophy of ‘training’ is to break down muscle tissue so that it rebuilds stronger as well as neuro-muscular patterning and aerobic/anaerobic conditioning. If you apply this, you’ll understand that recovery is just as important as the training.
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