7 Signs You Need to Change Up Your Workout Routine (& How to Do It)
If you work out consistently, you’re already doing better than about 77 percent of Americans who don’t meet federal physical activity guidelines. But what if your workout routine isn’t quite cutting it? Whether what you’re doing bores you to death or isn’t giving you the results you want, it’s probably a sign you need something different.
Here are seven key signs your fitness routine might need some more variety. We’ll also go over the benefits of changing up your workouts and how you can get started today.
7 Red Flags You Need to Change Up Your Workouts
1. You’re Not Seeing Progress (Stuck on a Plateau)
Maybe you were initially seeing results from your workout routine, but that progress has stopped or slowed. Or maybe you weren’t really getting results in the first place.
Signs of progress from workouts can include:
Weight loss or decreased body fat
Higher leaner muscle mass
Lifting more weight or performing more reps
Whether your goal is weight loss, building lean muscle, or a combination of the two, a plateau means you’re no longer moving towards your goal. If your goal is to maintain progress, that’s great. But a plateau can be incredibly frustrating if you haven’t met your goal metric yet.
If nothing is happening despite you working out several times a week, it’s time to make a change. That’s because over time your muscles may adjust to the same workout routine. You may feel more comfortable with what you’re doing, but your body isn’t getting the same level of challenge as before. Otherwise, an exercise that focuses too much on one area can lead to imbalances and even injuries. You’ll also run into problems if you work the same muscles too much without proper rest.
You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get a great workout—or to see real results. If you’re at the gym so often and so long that the staff knows your address, social security number, and zodiac sign, it’s time for a change.
Traditional bodybuilding workouts tend to isolate one muscle group or body part at a time. This works for some, but we prefer full-body resistance training workouts you can do in as little as 15 minutes at a time. That’s more realistic for the average person. Plus, you’re more likely to stick with something that doesn’t require a huge time commitment, day in and day out.
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