Do You Need a Fitness Routine Shakeup?
|July 31, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Uncategorized|
Do you do the exact same cardio workout more than twice a week?
Do you do the same strength workouts every week?
Have you stopped seeing fitness gains?
Are you bored by your workouts or finding it difficult to get excited to workout?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, guess what – you need a fitness routine shakeup!
The body is very good at adapting to the exercises you do. This is a good thing in that it enables you to get fitter and stronger over time, but it also means that in order to keep seeing fitness gains you need to apply new training stresses to the body. Performing the same exercises week after week and month after month will cause your training to plateau. It will also likely result in mental burnout because it can be quite boring to do the same thing day after day. You’ll be surprised at how refreshing it can be to try new workouts.
Here are some ways to reinvigorate your fitness routine:
- Take an exercise class you have never taken before. Don’t worry about being new – just show up a few minutes early and tell the instructor you are new, and they will help you to get set up and feel comfortable before the class starts.
- If you normally workout indoors, try taking your workout outside. Walking or running hills are a great for cardio and strengthening the legs.
- If you normally take classes at your gym, try taking a few from instructors you haven’t had before. People have different teaching styles and workout designs so just changing who teaches the class can dramatically change the workout.
- When hitting the weights, challenge yourself to incorporate different exercises or variations on your favorite exercises. Always doing bench press? Do some pushups and vary them each time. For instance, do push-ups with your feet on a stability ball during one workout and with a medicine ball under one hand the next. Always doing lunges? Try variations on the lunge such as curtsy lunges or side-lunges, or do a different lower body exercise all together such as squats or step-ups.
- Vary the weight, reps, and sets you do for your exercises. If you always do workouts with heavy weight and low reps, try incorporating some workouts where you work on endurance by lifting lighter weights for more reps. If you always lift lighter weights, challenge yourself to lift heavier for fewer reps and more sets.
- Try a new type of cardio exercise. If you always run, try biking or spinning. If you always use the bike, try the elliptical or brisk walking on an incline. One great cardio machine that is often overlooked at the gym is the stair stepper. It is low impact but can get your heart rate sky high!
- If you always workout solo, try working out with a buddy. Your friend will likely have ideas for workouts that are different from the normal ones you do, and you may find that you push yourself harder when working out with a partner than when working out by yourself.
- If you always hit the weight room for your strength workouts, try some body weight exercises and using a TRX. The TRX will work your entire body in a variety of planes and really challenge your core.
- Check out my workout page where there are a variety of cardio workouts and strength routines that are modifiable for all fitness levels. New workouts are added each week so check back often!
- If you are having trouble coming up with ways to vary your workouts, consult with a fitness professional. Most gyms offer a free initial session with a trainer who can give you ideas of new exercises to incorporate and show you how to properly perform them.
How do you shake things up when you get in a fitness rut? Share your tips below!