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Exercise and routines

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by BobbyTheEmperor, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. BobbyTheEmperor

    BobbyTheEmperor New Member

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    I don't know where to put this topic so I put it here.
    I like movement and certain forms of exercise (the ones where you can develop skills and it is more of an interest that happens to include movement rather than movement you "have" to do) examples of things I like are dancing, yoga and I fell in love with climbing a couple of months ago.

    Now to my question and the difficulty I experience from time to time.
    When I fall in love/very much like a new activity, after awhile I experience that I withdraw from the thing I like. This has happened with everything (including people) all my life but after some time off this new thing I come back.

    If anyone here has experienced something similar, how do you deal with it?

    For me, routines with climbing, dancing etc is extremely important and when I fall of the routine (like climbing on a Sunday, this is a routine I had and now I don't and it is difficult for me to get back to that routine, once I do get back, that routine will be solid again). So it's quite difficult for me to "get back".
    If someone here have to commit to routines, how do you get back to the steady routines if you change them for some reason?

    Kind Regards P
     
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  2. Misery

    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    I find that it's simply best to not do TOO much of a particular thing, and to add variety. The "withdrawal" you mention sounds a lot like burnout, and burnout is exactly what happens when you do too much of one thing with little in the way of other activities.

    Vary things up more. Have more than just one or two hobbies / activities to do and alternate frequently between them. And even within a given hobby or whatever, change things up there too.
     
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  3. BobbyTheEmperor

    BobbyTheEmperor New Member

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    Thanx for your answer :)

    So could the issue be that I focus too much on movement and that I should add some hobbies that doesn't include movement to my life? Because with movement (if I look at movement as one particular thing and the variety is climbing, dancing and then whatever I feel like doing, like walks, yoga at home, sometimes running and being in the forest as the variation within "movement")

    then would reading, writing, (I want to learn how to knit) and playing computer games be the variation outside of "movement" be what I should focus on? And with reading, vary between reading children's books, facts and novels as an example?

    And burnouts, can they look like withdrawal and simply wanting to do and not do things at the same time? And when it comes to friends, can it look like wanting to be and not be with the person/the group of friends at the same time?

    Sorry, very new to this, don't even know if I am on the spectrum. Started thinking last year when I came across the Aspergers from the Inside channel on Youtube and found a lot of that content helpful.
    And now I'm here :) Thank you again for your answer :) I'll try this and se what happens.
     
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  4. Misery

    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    To a degree, this could sorta be the case, as they have similarities. Exercise is great and all, but it's a very focused activity, sometimes TOO focused. And by its very nature, it is also extremely repetitive, even a bit mindless. Often, it seems like the only thing that REALLY adds variation to exercise in general is the location. Doing it in a forest is different from doing it in a house, for instance. But even then, well... your access to different locations is limited, particularly with the current situation.

    Aye, I dont see why not. Though, within those as well, you gotta still keep up some variation. It's a bit easy to get sucked into doing just one particular element of a given hobby. Like, video games, I know a couple of people who just do FPS games all the bloody time, and then wonder why they get burned out on the whole thing. They never try new stuff out within that hobby (and they sure dont listen to my recommendations), so it's just the same thing over and over and over... even though it's different individual games, the ones they play are so amazingly similar to each other that it doesnt work for variety.

    Yep. Though, there are times it can also be just lethargy. Sometimes, you gotta sorta FORCE yourself to do something. It's not good to have inactive days. Even if you dont feel like doing anything, sometimes you gotta just go "okay you know what I'm just going to do this thing over here ANYWAY" and go with it. I have to do this sometimes.

    That's a whole big topic in and of itself which may or may not have anything to do with the concept of burnout, depending on... lotsa stuff. Social issues/confusion/reluctance/whatever is extremely common for those on the spectrum and often the most frustrating aspect of the whole thing. If you hang around the forums here enough you're going to hear a lot about it.
     
  5. BobbyTheEmperor

    BobbyTheEmperor New Member

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    Can relate to reluctance although I do have friends and a boyfriend. I would like to say I've never had problem w social interaction but actually I have in that sense that I have contributed more to relationships then past friends etc. In social situations with friends I have contributed to at least 70% of the friendships in the past and then the relationships haven't lasted once I started to practice "only" doing 50% of the job of maintaining a friendship (the friends I have today accept this). I got stuck in a destructive relationship aswell for the same reason (and because I never knew how to identify if I guy liked me until I was an adult and already in that relationship).

    Sorry that I just write so much about this. This is new and I hope I can find some answers about me here. I'm likely to read a lot in the beginning and try not to answer too much (if I'm not on the spectrum I don't want to be impolite and give answers which might not be good to other members.)

    Thank you for your time :)
     
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  6. Wolfgangus Faldestolius

    Wolfgangus Faldestolius Little notes from an armchair

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    It's the intensity and not knowing how to dovetail it into my multy tasking.
     
  7. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    I do my walking in places that are inherently interesting. I try to keep it as wild as possible. Walking is easily combined with other interests like photography, flowers, bird watching, or even window shopping. You should always try to walk mindfully. There is so much to miss if you don't. And vary the route to avoid feeling like you have everything memorized.

    It is also a random thing for me. Missing a day is kind of meaningless. Ideally, you should exercise every day that it is practical and not on one set day.

    You can get bored with any routine so mix it up. Develop several different activities to pursue. Change out walking with jogging or climbing or a gym workout so you don't get tired of just one thing. Interest in all of them will wax and wane but hopefully not simultaneously.
     
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    BobbyTheEmperor New Member

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    This brings to mind that I switch between movements quite often. So there could be an actual explanaition where I seek different things? Where I need this variation? Had a friend who said: Yeah, you tend to change between things...

    So this behaviour is...normal?

    My goal is to have some sort of movement every day. When I manage to get that I function quite well.
    So I need to find cheap alternatives to make the variation happen. With exeptionella for climbing, this is good advice. I Will try this! Thanx for your tip!

    An other thing related to the topic - can a certain weather be an obsticle? I live in Sweden and for me it’s the worst time of the year now because it is cold, gray and nothing like Christmas and lights to cheer up. I can handle very hot temperatures without a problem but I hate cold. I don’t tolerate it very well and sometimes I have even been considering changing country because of the cold (Sweden is a nice country and the spring and summers are lovely).
    Can a certain temperature be a challenge?
    Kind Regards Pauline
     
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  9. Wolfgangus Faldestolius

    Wolfgangus Faldestolius Little notes from an armchair

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    I am also a big multitasking fan - it aids initiative taking by reducing perseveration and intensity.

    It's usual for us to have our favourite temperatures - I hate hot!

    Light might be part of it too: I'm glad to not live much further north.
     
  10. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    It is winter and that leads to seasonal affective disorder, a kind of melencholy that sets in when the weather is cold and dark and wet for a long time. SAD is a real psychological issue. It mucks with your circadian rhythm and your melatonin, serotonin and dopamine levels. Cabin fever is related problem characterized by agitation resulting from staying confined at home for a long time.

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - Symptoms and causes

    Cabin fever: Definition, symptoms, and how to cope
     
  11. BobbyTheEmperor

    BobbyTheEmperor New Member

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    One question again about burnout.

    If I want to go climbing on a specific day what do I do so I don’t overdo it and possibly burn out?

    Today, I wanted to go climbing but it Will turn into a walk outside instead.

    But How do I do so the climbing on sunday Will happen?
    Kind Regards
     
  12. WolfSpirit

    WolfSpirit Not a dictionary. Or a search engine

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    Sounds like pretty typical autistic behaviour to me. :D:p

    Sorry, that's probably not much help.

    I agree with the "vary it more" option if you can. Also, maybe are you just overexerting yourself and getting too physically tired? Maybe adding in more resting (or sitting activities) would help? I know, as autistics, modulation is hard. It's one of those sensory processing things.
     
  13. BobbyTheEmperor

    BobbyTheEmperor New Member

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    It helps in that sense that I don't feel like I am completely weird or like there is something wrong with me. I've got an "aha!" kind of experience here.
    I tried this variation thing and what happened so far? I have been running two days in a row (short distance and I add listening to an audiobook or a podcast) and I changed routes both days. It worked.
    Tomorrow I will go climbing but at an other venue. So far it feels like it might work.

    This variation thing is sth that was unexpected but so far - worked. :)
     
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  14. Aspergers_Aspie

    Aspergers_Aspie Well-Known Member

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