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The Best Exercises To Do If You Are Experiencing Burnout Working From Home Were Revealed

Time to stretch! The best exercises to do if you're experiencing burnout while working from home were just revealed and we have all the details.

Canadians have been working from home more than ever before amid the pandemic, but are apparently still feeling just as burned out.

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In fact, according to a study by sporting goods company Reebok, there have been 325,000 global searches every month on the topic of burnout.

Here are some tips and tricks to get you back on track in no time.

What is 'burnout'?

The word 'burnout' was apparently coined in 1974 in a book by Herbert Freudenberger.

The author defined the term as "the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one's devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results," according to Verywell Mind.

Burnout is also defined by Reebok as our body's reaction to a stressful state that stretches for a long period of time. It can result in being tired, feeling detached and lacking motivation.

How do I know I am experiencing burnout?

According to the study, burnout can manifest in multiple ways such as feeling low in energy and totally exhausted, withdrawing from work commitments and less productivity in your professional work. 

"In home office environments, burnout is especially rampant as we struggle to separate work from home which often leads to a poor work-life balance," the report read.

Psychology Today explains that physical symptoms can also appear when you're experiencing burnout, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting and headaches.

Other signs include insomnia, forgetfulness, anxiety, depression and anger.  

What are the top workouts to counter it?

Reebok worked with health experts and psychologists to compile the best exercises to do if you want to fight burnout.

Data showed that yoga was the top exercise for combatting burnout.

Yoga reigned supreme as a result of its popularity online, with an average of 1.4 million searches every month, 89.6 million hashtags on Instagram as well as 27 million articles shared on the topic. 

"Yoga is an excellent stress-relief exercise, which involves a series of moving meditations, stationary poses, or postures, which are further combined with deep breathing techniques," the report read.

These were the top 10 exercises for managing burnout:

  • Yoga
  • Walking
  • Dancing
  • Boxing
  • Pilates
  • Cycling
  • Squat
  • Gardening
  • Plank
  • HIIT
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