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4 Signs that it's Time to Change your Work-out Routine


By Michelle Ishio (Resident Post Pregnancy Rehab Specialist and Fitness Expert)

When you start a regular training program, your enthusiasm and motivation are high. You begin feeling better and seeing immediate results from all of your hard work. feeling better and seeing results from your hard work.

But then slowly, you started finding reasons to skip your training and found "better" things to do with your time. Then before you realize it, you had missed a whole week and your motivation to continue has dwindled.

The good news is there are ways to get around this common mental and/or physical pitfall! As long as you recognize when this is starting to happen, then you can stop it in it's track before it becomes something that's hard to recover from.

Here are the 5 most common signs that it's time to change your training plan and what you can do to get back on track.

1. Your workout bores you.

You know when that is happening, so immediately change your routine on your VERY NEXT training session. Don't wait, your old routine will not get any more exciting by waiting it through, it will just sabotage more and more, the longer you take.

Remember, doing "nothing" will never work, and if you are bored, you will end up doing "nothing".

Solution: If you are taking an aerobics type class, then switch to another one; go from a kick boxing class to a spinning class. If that is too much of a stretch for you at the moment, then take a different instructor; that will give you a fresh experience for the "same" type class.

If you are on the treadmill or outdoor jogging at a continuous pace, then add some intervals, (example: one minute of harder jogging, with one minute of walking), or do half of your cardio as usual, then do continuous heart raising calisthenics for the other half your allotted time.

2. Your workout isn't giving you results anymore.

Doing the same activity over and over again it not effective long-term because your body will adapt and become more efficient at handling that particular task. That is when your results will plateau, so you need to challenge your body more because now you are in better shape and it needs to push itself once again.

Solution: The key to this is also the 2nd solution that I suggested in #1; you need to change up your routine.

If you are used to continuous effort cardio, then you must add intervals. If you are taking a class such as kick boxing, then you would want to try spinning; by using different muscle groups - athleticism, you will be sure to challenge your body and once again be out of a plateau.

3. Your workout is no longer challenging.

This one is similar to #2, as in #3 is why you are dealing with #2.

So the solution for #3 is the same as #2.

Do you see the common denominator's to #1, #2, #3? Keep changing your training routine and you will keep yourself from getting bored, keep seeing results, and the work-outs will stay challenging.

4. Your are having trouble recovering from your training.

Exercise should ultimately give you more energy. If you are perpetually feeling tired, and when waking up in the morning you still are not feeling refreshed, then maybe you are over-training.

It is commended that you are so enthusiastic with your training, but your body needs a break in between any hard training that you do. If you don't give your body recovery time, you'll become weaker instead of stronger.

Ask the best of athletes, we have all made this mistake. Being so motivated to getting to the competition shape we need for certain events, we push ourselves everyday; the problem is we don't get proper rest and end up having to take an entire week or two to recover before being able to resume back to normal.

It is a mental and physical interruption even with our great intentions...and the same thing happens to people who train for general fitness and health.

If you have been overstraining, your first priority should be rest. Once you are feeling better, start back slowly. Make sure the day after a hard training session, you do it at moderate level, to even easy, or even a day off.