Battling Burnout with Fitness

by | Mar 5, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fitness & Burnout

You’re at work and staring at your computer screen. There’s this nagging feeling at the back of your mind, that’s slowly eating away at you. Your brain is a jumbled up mix of thoughts and you know you need to work, but can’t bring yourself to get through your to do list. Nothing you do seems good enough for your boss or even yourself. All that motivation you felt when you first started seems to have evaporated and you’re running off fumes in your tank. 

That’s called burnout sweethearts and it’s not healthy.

All that stress you feel at work building up and that loss of self and motivation can cause some serious damage to you mentally, but also physically; low energy, frequent illness, headaches, muscle pains, and sleep deprivation to name a few. 

But studies have recommended that exercise and working out can help with burnout. It’s not an end all be all, and it’s not a cure, but here’s what we know. 

  1. Exercising makes you happier.
    • Chemically when you workout your brain releases endorphins that can make you feel happier, more relaxed, and less anxious. However, exercise varies for everybody. Not everyone enjoys running miles or doing push-ups. It’s important to find a workout that you enjoy and that gives you the greatest sense of satisfaction and relief. Experiment with workouts and exercises to find one that fits your lifestyle and mood to get the best benefits.
  2. When you engage in fitness for your burnout you’re killing two birds with one stone.
    • In addition to feeling better mentally, your body also feels the benefits physically. When you exercise regularly you feel less fatigued, and it can help with brain function too. 

Fitness is only one avenue of fighting burnout. It’s important to make time for yourself and do what you love to do. Create boundaries, ask for help, and talk to your manager about getting some assistance or taking a project or two off your plate. 

Take care of yourself first loves!

Take a look at some of these studies below about burnout & fitness, or if you’re in San Francisco, come checkout our workouts at Wheel House.

National Library of Medicine

Runner’s World