Have you hit a slump in your workout routine & just can’t seem to shake yourself out of it? If so, it may be the perfect time to spring clean your workout routine. Even if you are training for a specific event, you can make changes to keep your workouts fresh, while still reaching your fitness goals.
Spring Clean Your Workout Routine
Everyone falls into a rut with their workouts on occasion. Sometimes a change in your routine is all it takes to reignite the spark, and get back on the right track. There are numerous benefits to changing up your routine from time to time.
Break Through Plateaus
When you do the same workouts over and over again, your body adapts to the stress. This can lead to a plateau in fitness and weight loss. Even small changes to your routine can give you the boost you need to break through to the next level.
The American Council on Exercise recommends changing up your routine every 6-8 weeks to ensure you are getting the most benefit from your workouts.
Many of the body’s physiological systems (e.g., the muscular systems) adapt to an exercise program within approximately six to eight weeks. Failure to modify your exercise routine will cause you to reach a plateau, as your body will have adapted to the repetitive training stimulus.
Break Free From Boredom
If you have reached the point where you no longer enjoy a workout that you used to look forward to, it is a clear sign that you are ready for a change. There are plenty of options to choose from when looking for ways to break free from boredom. You can try a different type of exercise, a new location, or meet up with friends to work out together. Even changing the time of day you work out can give you a boost, and help to reenergize your workouts.
Reduce Your Risk of Injury
When you do the same type of workout over and over again you run the risk of developing overuse injuries. Mixing in other types of exercises can help lower your risk of injury, while simultaneously making you stronger.
For example, even though my primary sport is running, I cross train by incorporating weight lifting, pilates, and yoga into my workout routine. I especially focus on the support muscles that may not be strengthened by running alone. Even though I am running between 50-65 miles per week, I have been able to avoid injury by cross training 2-3 times per week.
Boost Your Brain Power
Regular exercise has been proven to improve your memory and help reduce the risk of dementia. But did you know that incorporating new exercises into your workout routine can provide an additional boost to your brain? Any time you learn a new skill, it helps to strengthen the connections between different parts of your brain, further reducing the risk of dementia. Not only that, but exercise has also been proven to increase brain volume, providing even more incentive to workout regularly.
Tailor Your Routine to Fit Your Needs
As you seek to change up your workout routine, you can tailor it to fit your lifestyle. If you feel like you need to be more flexible, try adding pilates or yoga to your routine. If you have been working out in the evenings, but feel like you are too drained at the end of the day, try exercising in the morning before you have had to deal with the stresses of the day. Just because something worked for you 3 months ago doesn’t mean you have to stick with it now. Feel free to experiment and make adjustments until you find the routine that works best for you!
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