Generally, group fitness instructors are known for their upbeat, can-do attitude. It can be challenging to admit that you’re feeling burned out. The following signs of job-related burnout may give you clues about your own performance, so you can take steps to keep yourself inspired and motivated.
- Exhaustion. Teaching group fitness can be physically exhausting during good times. However, if you’re feeling physically and mentally fatigued beyond the point of recovery, take heed.
- Lack of motivation. When self-motivation evaporates and you can’t seem to get excited about work-related activities that once made you happy, it may be time for a breather.
- Frustration, cynicism and other negative emotions. If you consistently have nothing nice to say, you may need to address your workload.
- Cognitive problems. Severe memory lapses or an inability to concentrate or pay attention may be signals that you need a rest.
- Slipping job performance. Everyone has an “off” day from time to time, but if you’re regularly arriving late to class, using the same playlists or not paying attention to safety details, you may need to take a step back.
- Interpersonal problems at home and at work. Everyone deals with personality conflicts, but if you seem to be quarreling with the majority of your close contacts, it may be time to reevaluate your priorities.
- Not taking care of yourself. Skipping meals or drinking more alcohol than usual may indicate that your workload is out of balance.
- Being preoccupied with work when you’re not at work. Having heated conversations in your head with the program director while you’re at the dinner table with your family may be a sign that you need a break.
- Generally decreased satisfaction. If you dread facing a group to lead your once-favorite choreography, it may be time for an intervention.
- Health problems. Group fitness instructors are already at high risk for physical injury. Overdoing it can also compromise your immune system, which may lead to serious health issues.
To read more about how to recognize and prevent burnout, please see “Coping With Instructor Burnout” in the online IDEA Library or in the April 2015 print issue of IDEA Fitness Journal. If you cannot access the full article and would like to, please contact the IDEA Inspired Service Team at (800) 999-4332, ext. 7.