I know a lot of trainers and fitness instructors who focus on training so many clients, that they ignore their own personal need to stay healthy and excited about teaching/training. It would be great to know what other fitness professionals do to stay excited and energized about working with their clients.
I change my routine to a new activity that my gym training helped to make a great foundation. Running a marathon, skating, surfing are things I like to do to stay energized so I don’t experience professional burn out. I like to stay fit and sometimes when I give all my time and energy into my clients I need another escape other than all weight training so, I may do more yoga or line dance. I just want to have fun and be healthy and when I remember that I get re-energized to not burn out in my profession. I also like to read things on fitness as much as possible because that keeps my fire for fitness burning 🙂
It is extremely important to balance work and play. I find that even though I love what I do, I need to have a clear separation of work and play space. I don’t workout in my own studio, I also don’t stay in my studio longer that absolutely needed. It is very easy to turn something you love into something you dread. It is clear that the more you work, the more money you make, but that money comes at a price. So decide what is more important to you. I chose quality of life over money any time.