Why Workout Failure Happens and How to Avoid Exercise Burnout

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 Some people love to workout for the rush it gives them, health reasons or being obsessed with their body image. Others, like myself, know the importance of exercise but also can be lazy because it is something we know that we must do. If you started a workout and keep wondering why you aren’t seeing results, then here are some probable reasons of workout failure and why your body isn’t seeing those benefits from your exercise and dieting efforts.

Wasting Time Due to Bad Techniques Is One Mistake of Workout Failure

You may have a gym membership that gives you access to various types of exercise equipment and machines. However, when you don’t devote attention to ideally use the equipment as it was intended because your mind is preoccupied at the same time, your exercising efforts will suffer. You could also sustain a physical injury stretching muscles in the wrong way. Therefore, forget multitasking with your smart phone during time at the gym and concentrate on making most of your time there with understanding the machine, paying close attention to your form while using it and keeping track of the number of repetitions that you are putting your body through. This perseverance could save you wasting time from a workout failure because the mind was elsewhere when muscles should have been alternated.

Exercising at home gives you more privacy, but it also can set you up for failure. A dvd to watch for form while exercising can help maximize home efforts. Regardless, exercising at home can also make you lazier because no one else is around to see you stop before you finish so many repetitions.

I personally like the stepping machines the best. Still, when you use them regularly because they are more comfortable for you than attempting another machine or type of exercise that is more challenging for your body, you are slacking in your exercising attempts. This safe place with your exercising can also make the body plateau for seeing further improvements in other parts of your body that you are seeking.  This can also lead to eventual workout defeat.

You may be afraid of what your body looks like in workout clothes such as yoga pants or tights and a fitted tank top when thinking of heading to a gym. Your mind may be full of images of perfect bodies, but that truth is far from reality. You can’t concentrate on self-image and keep focusing on others around you that will waste time. In order to move past your own self-doubts, mentally tell yourself that you can get a better body if you continue despite how others may see you. You can change. How fast that you make a transformation depends on how hard you work. Why worry how silly you may look doing it as long as you continue?

Exercise may be easy for those already in shape. This being said, it can be harder for those of us that don’t exercise as often as we should. Muscles hurt when you first start working out, which can be a turn off to those that need continual motivation. The best way to keep a reluctant exerciser going is participating in the type of exercise that the person won’t associate with pain. To prevent workout disappointment, someone not excited about exercising may do better in a walking program enjoying nature as they move, dancing to the beats of music, yoga, or skating can make the time work out to pass quickly before a rigid program.

Sticking to a favorite type of exercising such as spending time riding a stationary-bike or a stepping machine utilizes specific muscle groups. The body moves in all directions in the motions we do every day. Therefore, if you hope to avoid workout burnout then learning to exercise more muscles groups should be your goal. You can try something like boxing where you can put your body through multidirectional movements can do a lot to improve your figure and prevent your next workout downfall.

The point that I’m making is that it is easy to start a workout program, but being successful with one can be another story. What I’m sharing are only a few reasons why workout failure happens and how you might prevent it for better odds.



  1. tat2gurlzrock
    December 26, 2018 / 9:36 am

    Great post. I think most people set unrealistic goals for themselves honestly.

  2. Lynne B
    December 26, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I identify with the second to last reason. It’s not something I really like to do.

  3. ellen beck
    December 26, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Most overdo it. They begin like they have been exercising the whole time, get hurt and then give up. The trick is to be realistic. Don’t sign up for a marathon if all you have been doing i walking to the kitchen.

  4. rochelle haynes
    December 27, 2018 / 1:38 am

    I need to work out nice post

  5. Wanda B
    December 28, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    I seem to get workout failure a lot. I should be putting my dog on my back .. such a cute picture.

  6. Stacey Roberson
    December 29, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    For me, it’s boredom. I really need to add some diversity in my workout routine.

  7. Alicia Hewitt
    January 1, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    This is a great article. I always face workout failure. If I had a friend to workout with it’d be much easier to stay motivated.

  8. gloria patterson
    February 15, 2019 / 3:13 pm

    Some very good information here!! I recently started pulmonary rehab and besides learning to breath better, I am getting exercise. This is very controlled program I wear a band that reads my breathing, heart rate etc. I have a set of things to do and if they see me doing something wrong they stop me or double check that I did the required numbers. I have been 12 times and have to admit that it is good for me and will make me do it right.

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