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why all the burn - outs?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dr grass, Jul 14, 2002.

  1. dr grass

    dr grass Banned
    Posts: 242

    Its too bad alot of you guys are getting burned - out with cutting grass only half way through the year. i even heard a few of you throwing around the idea of getting out of the business. i wish there was something i could do or say to encourage you all. i mean dont get me wrong, i have my days, but i deeply love what i am doing. i keep a good schedule of working out with weights, eating right, and getting adequate sleep (usually lol). but that really comes into play on these hot days when the sun takes a bigger toll on the body, and on your mental well - being. i can only say drink plenty of water when working out in the sun. also, i take a herbal anti-depressent called st. johns wart. this helps keep you focused and from getting the "half - time blues" stick to your guns, and it will all work out in the end. take care all.

    Shep :blob4:
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    To add to the exercise comment, to many LCO's think they get enough exercise doing this work. Its just not the same. Its better than a lot of people get, but you really do need a good cardo and strenght training program to keep you going long term in this or any other biz. Not to mention---Life.

    I think most people get burned out due to trying to stay solo and killing themselves or trying to make every dollar possible and not enjoying life. All work and no play.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Ditto, hoss...too many solo LCO's trying to do too much by themselves.
  4. dr grass

    dr grass Banned
    Posts: 242

    i agree 100% hoss. i forgot to add that im also an avid runner, mt. biker, hiker, and kayaker. it is a must to keep your heart in good shape. like you said hoss, there is no way you can get enough exercise doing just lawn care. he!!, in the spring and fall i dont even break a sweat all day long. lol. i run in a few races around the area here in flint and up north in grayling. im starting my traiining this week, for the "bobby crim" 10 mile run at the end of next month. this is my 4th annual run. i also attent several concerts and let me tell you, you gotta be in good shape to survive in those mosh pits...lol. anything to get the heart pumping.

  5. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    Keyword.... Balance.

    I'm more tired of the rain than anything else. The season is flying by. But I'm not burned out.Feel pretty darn good yet.

    Got to have balance. Family time,rec. time. And just plain rest!
    I exercise 3-4 times per week. It sure helps.
    Don't forget the back support also. :D ;)

    Hang in there.
    (Being a little :dizzy: helps too!)
  6. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Cardio (stairmaster, cross-trainers, etc) help me a lot.

    Also, it is helpful to keep you gut muscles strong to prevent back injuries.

  7. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons LawnSite Member
    Posts: 84

    I thught I was the only excercise freak on here! Sweet!! Squats, Semi-stiff leg deadlift, bench press, clean and jerk, chins and dips along with your favorite ab excersise and you just nailed your whole body! Takes about 25 minutes to complete. Leaves about 40 min. for that running. This is the perfect LCO workout, lawns will prove no match!:D
  8. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    Maybe its just me but....... working out is about the last thing I feel like doing when Im not working!!!! I prefer to relax when Im not busting my but for a living!
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    evan i know it seems crazy . but if u are going to do this work and ride a machine ,
    u really gonna have to head off the
    physical problems that just come with this or any job. the best way i know is a 15-30 minute program 4-5 times a wk.
    of course many do much more than that but im not in training for an event.
    just maintaining the body an mind in a way that saved my life. up to now anyway. ps i appologise ,u dont have to do anything. but it would benefit u i believe.now if u are walking behind a walk behind all day u are already in pretty good shape.
  10. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    I only sit on a machine (cut grass) 2 days a week. The other 3-4 days we do landscape instalations and maintance wich is very physically exhausting work. I guess the guys sitting a machine 5 days a week would need a regular workout schedule.

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