If you’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu for a while, it’s common to have days where you’re not that excited to train. Usually, this feeling passes by the next day or two. But if that tired, unmotivated, uninterested feeling seems to stick around, then it might be a sign that you’re headed toward burnout.
Here are three tips to avoid getting burned out with your Jiu-Jitsu training:
1. Keep it fun.
It’s easy to think that fun and hard work don’t ever show up in the same activity. But you can work hard and challenge yourself while still having fun. One thing that makes Jiu-Jitsu fun is the people you train with. The relationships that you form with your training partners can play a significant role in how long you stick with your Jiu-Jitsu journey. If it’s been a while since Jiu-Jitsu was fun, think back to when you were first getting started. What was fun then? Remind yourself why you got started in the first place.
2. Think long term.
Jiu-Jitsu takes a lot of patience. If you’re someone who thrives on instant results, you’ll probably discover that you’re frustrated with yourself quite a bit. That kind of negative thinking makes it hard to sustain any activity. Instead, be realistic about your training, your goals, and the timeline needed to get you to where you want to be. If you find yourself getting frustrated, revisit your goals, and then focus on smaller goals. Setting short-term objectives can help keep you motivated and making progress.
3. Take breaks.
Rest and recovery time varies between individuals. If you never take rest days, it can wear down your body and your mind. Making sure that you’re getting quality recovery time gives your body a chance to repair itself, and your mind has time to recharge, as well. Pushing hard all the time sets you up for overtraining and increases your chances of getting injured or sick.