At the beginning of your workout program, you probably had a lot of enthusiasm. Exercise may not have been the most fun activity you could think of, but you saw results quickly and it encouraged you to work out more and more. Over time, though, that motivation – and the results – may have waned. Here are four reasons why it may be time to switch up your workout routine.
1. Your Workout is Getting Boring
If you now dread a workout you used to look forward to, it could be that you’re simply bored with what you’re doing every week. Spark People suggests that you add variety to your workout, even if you stick with the same basic exercise. For example, if you usually walk on the treadmill on the gym, go for a walk around a park instead or try going for a light hike. Even something as simple as choosing new music or working out with a friend can breathe new life into a stagnant workout. Another good idea is to try out a class at the gym – you’ll be more encouraged to get through it when there’s a crowd around you.
2. Your Weight Loss Has Halted
If your goal is to lose weight but you don’t seem to be shedding the pounds anymore, you probably need a more intense workout, according to Women’s Health. If you love attending classes at the gym, talk to the instructor about what you can do to make them more challenging. If you workout on your own, increase resistance or speed, or extend your workout for a longer period of time.
3. You’re More Sore and Tired Than Usual
Exercise is supposed to give you energy, not zap it. If you’re feeling more sore or tired than normal, you may be overtraining. It’s important that you give yourself time to rest and recover between workouts. Down time is when you really build up your endurance and strength because your muscles are repairing and rebuilding. Without the right amount of recovery time, you’ll actually get weaker, no matter how many strengthening exercises you commit to.
4. You No Longer Feel Challenged
If you like a good challenge, you may be missing out once you start getting really good at your workout. In the beginning, you may have found it difficult to run a ten-minute mile, but now it’s a breeze. You don’t have to stick to the same routine if you don’t feel like it’s challenging enough. Wear a heart rate monitor to figure out how intensely you’re working out. As you get more in shape, you’ll notice that your heart rate changes.