As a creature of habit, I rarely change up my workout routine. It takes a while (I’m talking months) for me to feel the need to switch up my practice. I’m someone who likes to stick to a schedule most of the time, and for me, the upside of performing a similar workout routine every day means that I know how long it will take and what to expect. There is a downside to this however, such as sometimes I lose motivation or even underperform because the moves become so automatic. If this sounds anything like you, there are ways to recognize when you should switch up your routine.
Your body isn’t changing
Have you ever experienced noticeable changes of your body but then they start to subside? Doing the same moves day after day won’t lead to continuous growth. If you all the sudden get really into cycling and cease to include other types of exercise into your weekly routine, the benefits you reap from it may decrease after a while. Listen to your body. If it’s telling you that it needs more, it may be time to change it up.
If your workouts start to drag and feel endless, you’re probably bored. As I said, these moves can become automatic and the more you do them, the longer they probably feel. I don’t know about you, but my worst workouts are the ones where it feels as if time is moving in slow motion. I perform way better when I’m too focused to check the clock. Try a new class to inspire you to incorporate new exercises into your plan.
Listen to your heart(rate)
If you track your heart rate during your fitness regimens and notice that you can’t get it as high as you’d like or normally can, it’s time to make a change. A low heart rate during exercise can indicate that your body has adapted to these moves and no longer finds them challenging, which can mean that you’re missing out on the benefits of exercise. As a general rule of thumb, your heart rate should be around 60-80% of your max for most cardio moves. If you notice that you’re not hitting this, up the intensity.
I know that changing your routine can be a daunting task, but try finding a workout buddy, or sign up for that class you’ve always had your eye on. Remember, change is a good thing!
Written by GUADS staff member Emily with contributions from shape.com.