Hello Everyone. Today’s article is a guest post from Fitness Mad.
Lots of people are guilty of getting into an exercise rut, maybe you do the same run three times a week, take spin class religiously or spend all your time in the gym pumping iron. Obviously these activities are good for you but mixing it up a bit can see great results with just some small changes, but how do you know when to change your workout?
Here are the main reasons you should start making adaptations:
- What you’re doing has stopped working
This is the best reason to change your workout. If what you’re been doing isn’t giving you results it should be giving you or doing what it should be doing then it’s time to change. Before you make the changes though make sure that your goals and expectations have been realistic.
- If your goals change
If your primary goal was initially strength related, and now your primary goal has switched to building muscle or losing fat then changes should be made to your program.
- If you get really bored
If you become so bored with what you’re doing that it’s ruining your motivation to train, then it’s time to change and bring your interest back.
So, how can you make changes to your routine that will make a difference? If you’re addicted to cardio it’s time to add in some weights, weights can bulk you up or make you look more slim line and defined depending on the weight you use and how you use them (ladies no need to worry that you’ll become too bulky using weights, females lack of testosterone makes it really difficult for women to bulk up unless they work really hard.)
The best weights to start with would be some dumbbells in various sizes that can be used to work various body parts, use them to add definition to arms with bicep curls and tricep kickbacks or use them when doing squats and lunges to up your workout.
If you’re already using lots of weights then maybe introduce more cardio to your routine, running, spin class, aerobics all of these will get your pulse raised or get an exercise mat and hit the floor for some push up and crunches.
For those who would prefer a quick work out that incorporates strength and cardio training the kettlebells could be your thing. Kettlebells have become increasingly popular as they give you cardio training without the monotony of the treadmill, can build your strength without isolated reps and improve flexibility without long poses.
Now you know when and how to change your workout there’s nothing to stop you.