Tell me if this sounds like you.
You’re super proud of yourself for sticking to your workout plan. You’ve established a solid workout routine and are starting to see major improvements to your physical and mental health. Win, right?
Well, after 4 weeks or so, those exciting results start to fade away and you notice that the physical changes come to a screeching halt. Oh no! What is going on? I’ve been eating super healthy, why am I not seeing more improvement? Within a week or two, you’ve fallen off of your typical workout routine as the boredom from Repeating Workout Syndrome (yes, I just made that up) kicks in and your motivation drops as you’re not seeing as much change compared to the beginning.
I’m here to tell you you’re not alone. You know how you constantly hear from fitness professionals the importance of stretching after a workout? Well, varying your workout and workout routine can be extremely beneficial for many reasons. Here’s why.
- Avoid workout boredom. If you’re finding yourself constantly dreading your workouts, counting down the minutes until class is over, missing more than 2 workouts a week because you couldn’t bring yourself to get out of bed, or feeling like you would puke if you had to run down the same trail, it’s time to switch it up. Nothing spikes your motivation more than a fresh new workout or workout routine to get started with.
- Keep those muscles guessing. Completing a similar workout time and time again tends to focus on the same muscles. You may find that you build up great strength and endurance in these specific muscles, but if you’re not waking up the next day sore (another red flag of Repeating Workout Syndrome), maybe it’s time to switch it up to work some new muscles and get that beloved next day soreness back.
- No one wants to plateau. A repeated workout routine can cause weight loss plateau… WOMP. This is because your body becomes efficient with the repeated muscle activity over time. This means your body has actually found a way to burn less calories doing the same thing. If you find that your body has not changed one bit in a good amount of time (while you’re eating well), switching up your workouts/workout routine is a great way to break through that ceiling and achieve a higher level of success in your physical and mental self.
- Overuse = Injury. When you repeat the same motions over and over again, you can actually cause injury to your body. It’s called “repetitive strain injury.” By constantly switching it up, not only are you focusing on building new muscles, you’re giving other muscles a chance to take a breather and recover before putting them back to use again.
- No more burnout, more excitement! Get out there and meet up with a friend at a class you’ve been looking to try. Even better, meet new friends by switching it up! Spice up your workout life and throw a curveball in there every once in a while to keep things interesting, minimize missing workouts, and challenge yourself in new ways.
If you’ve found yourself nodding your head while reading of this blog post, it might be time to switch up your own workout routine. There are so many different kinds of workouts to give a try and the benefits of switching it up definitely outweigh the reasons for sticking to your boring old workout routine.