There are so many of us out there that have been working out the same way for years, or even decades! We’re comfortable doing it this way, we may or may not be seeing results, but at least we’re doing SOMETHING! Why change it now? Because our bodies are bored! If your body adapts to the way you’ve been doing things, then you stop improving or gaining the desired results. This is why programs such as P90X have been successful—every 30 days, right before your body plateaus, the workout regimen completely changes so your body continues to learn and grow.
Eventually, we all plateau. Our body changes because of the stress it is under. In terms of working out, this means we change based on the frequency, duration, or intensity of our workouts. If we don’t work out enough, or intensely enough, we see negative results in our bodies, and vice versa for seeing positive results. However, our bodies are incredible at adapting and becoming more efficient at movements it recognizes over time. Once our bodies adapt to certain movements or exercises, they do not become as stressed anymore and stop improving like when we first started—we have plateaued.
We also depend on mental stimulation to work out, or enjoy said exercise. If we are doing mindless hours of cardio or going to an exercise class that we are not excited about, then we lose motivation and begin making excuses to avoid the workouts. How many of you out there are going on long walks, or putting that exercise DVD on in the morning, and merely exercising because you know you must do something? There are so many different options out there to get your exercise in. It’s time you find something that you enjoy! If your mind doesn’t support what you’re doing, then eventually you will quit.
Our advice for getting over the plateau:
- Switch up the type, intensity, frequency, or duration of your workout. If you always wake up in the morning and take a spin class, try going to a high intensity interval training (HIIT) class instead. You are going to begin using muscles that may have been dormant during your spin classes and will immediately start to see incredible results in both your strength and stamina.
- Not sure which new workout to try? If you’re in Atlanta, try joining Class Pass (https://classpass.com). This gives you the ability to try almost 50 different studios/classes each month to find what really speaks to you. Have you been hesitant about trying a yoga or pilates class? How about a weight training session? This could be the perfect opportunity to switch things up!
- Talk to a friend! Find out what workouts he or she is doing and join them at their gym or class and have them come to yours as well! Working out and exercising is always better with a friend and helps you both stay accountable as well. Who knows, you may end up loving their routine more and switching up your style altogether!
The bottom line is don’t just work out to work out. Do it because you enjoy what you’re doing! We have too many options to get bored or stagnant with your exercise routine. Use our 3 tips above to switch things up this week and enjoy reaping the benefits of your body growing and improving like it did when you first started exercising.
Do you have other tips and tricks you use to keep your body guessing? Comment below or let us know so we can start incorporating them as well!