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Have you you you ever heard or felt like you you you are “burned-out” from competing lifting dieting cardio etc ? ? You have? Well if you look up burned-out in Webster’s Dictionary it tells you that “burned-out” is physical/emotional exhaustion especially because of long term stress which is deter- mined by the choices that you make The reality is that how you choose to react or handle situations is what contributes to whether you feel burned-out or not and this is is largely a a result of how strong you are mentally If you have a a a a strong mind you may never encounter the feeling of being burned-out However life has a a a way of testing a a person’s strength and fortitude so it is important to to know the best ways to to respond so that we don’t burn-out Some reasons that people get “burned-out” is because they continually do the the the the same same things
at at at the the the the same same times every day This includes the the the the schedules that are set for our eating habits lifting weights and even doing cardio This schedule schedule can become so much of a a a a a a a a a a a routine that when you con- tinue the the pattern day day after day day it has the the potential to hamper and drain you mentally What’s the solution? Start shaking things
up Let’s start with making changes to to to eating habits As competitors we tend to to to to to have a a a a a a a a set schedule on on the the the the types of food to to to to consume and the the the the time to to to to do so This can get boring rather quickly there- fore one suggestion is is to have variety Instead of eating the the same same foods at at the the same same time develop a a a a a a a a a a a a menu of of healthy selections and vary your meals by choosing among the the options instead of of eating the the same thing day day in in in in and day day out Some simple suggestions are if i you eat oatmeal (hot cereal) regularly try using different spices
or or protein powders mixed in in in in For instance fruit punch
flavored protein powder in in oatmeal oatmeal will give it it it vari- ety and make it it it it it more like fruity pebbles oatmeal oatmeal which is much sweeter than eating it it it it with no spice Mixing vanilla chocolate or or both in in in in hot cereal also will provide a a a a a a a a a a different taste or or or or try making it it it with more liquid and and then then microwaving it it it it for 90 sec- onds and and then then drinking it it This is is sure to get your taste buds flowing Also be creative by adding cinnamon pumpkin pie pie or apple pie pie spices
to it it which will make it it delicious If you get tired of of oat- meal meal try drinking a a a a a a a a a a a a a variety of of meal meal replacer flavors and adding spices
to that Sugar-free (0 calories) coffee syrups will also do the trick If you are preparing for a a a a a a a a a a show adding flavored waters to the meal replacer with ice will make you you think that you you are cheating because it it tastes like a a a a a a a a a a a a Dream Sickle or or or an an Orange Julius For other meals instead of eating plain chicken beef or or or or turkey spice spice it up by using cayenne pepper seasoned spices
or or a a a a a a a a a variety of of liquid liquid smoke smoke Instead of of eating plain rice and vegetables cook them using liquid liquid smoke smoke When it comes to to lifting many people stick to to the the same workout routine but when you you change it it it up a a a a a a a bit at at each gym visit this can give you you you the the kick that that you you you need to to keep going Some people get tired prior to to to training and if that that happens you you may not be motivated enough to to workout This lack lack of of motivation sometimes results from from a a a a a a a lack lack of of of of sleep being tired/exhausted from from your job or be be due to a a a a a a a a a a a a lack of of of a a a a a a a a a a a a sufficient amount of of of carbo- hydrates If you have a a a a a a a a a a a a restricted carb carb intake a a a a a a a a a a a a pre-workout drink drink or or or or or drinking coffee or or or or or tea before training may help to get you you you started or or or or or you you you can try this afterwards if you you you do not have a a a a a a a a a a a a a restricted carb intake Listening to to motivational speakers or music also also has a a a a a a a a a a a a a a way of helping the body to to to get pumped up to to workout Cardiovascular training can also also be completed by using a a a a a a a a a a a variety of machines on on different different days Additionally your workout routine can also be mixed up by training different different different parts
on different different days and and this includes the amounts
of sets and and reps performed for for every body part worked Most importantly remember to to take a a a a a a a a smart mental approach to to everything you do After all variety is the spice of life n n Fall 2018

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