The Value of Changing Your Exercise Workout Routine Regularly | Personal Trainer London
We are creatures of habit. We go to the same gym at the same time each day, we do the same workout routine or attend the same fitness class. Sound familiar? Following the same workout may be little more than going through the motions and produce little if any benefits or results, it might be time for a change.
For optimal gains (or losses if you’re in it to lose weight) you should be changing up your fitness routine frequently. Dependent on your fitness goals and program, this may mean changing it up every day, for others every three to five days, and still others every three to six weeks.
When to Consider Changing Your Exercise Routine
When your body stops changing. Your body adapts to stress, in this case, exercise. If you train with weights for size or strength, your body will adapt to X weight at Y repetitions. If you continue to use that amount of weight for that number of repetitions your body will adapt and eventually stop growing. To promote additional growth in size and strength, you will need to increase the weight, change the number of sets and reps or change the intensity once you reach that “plateau”, that point where you no longer make gains. The same holds true for cardio, classes or any type of fitness – your body will adapt to the exercise stimuli and need change to grow.
When you are bored. Every exercise program is new, exciting and challenging when you first begin. Eventually, you fall into a routine and just go through the motions. If your workout doesn’t motivate you, if you don’t look forward to your next training session or feel challenged by it, it’s time for a change, maybe a drastic change. Find a training partner, try something completely new like yoga for a strength training athlete or a new fitness or pilates class that you would never otherwise try. It is difficult to stay committed to a program that you are not excited about.
If you get injured. Sticking with that old routine may also result in over training, burnout or injury, consider changes to prevent this. If you do become injured but you are still able to train, now would be a good time to change your approach to fitness. As an example, if you are a runner but suffer a training or stress injury, try weight training or swimming. You can also use this as an opportunity to design a new program to emphasize and strengthen your weaknesses in the old program. Say you are taking a break from resistance training and sorely need to improve your flexibility, use this time to try yoga and pilates. Regardless of the new program, be sure to allow recovery periods and adequate rest periods.
Consider changing your workout, even your entire approach to fitness and health when you reach strength plateaus or you experience a lack of positive physical results. Train hard, but make that training count!
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