Is It Time to Change Your Workout?

If you do the same exercise day after day, a change may do you good.

Being physically active on a regular basis is a healthy habit. And getting into a routine gets you used to doing something without having to give it too much thought, making it more likely you’ll stick with it. But if your exercise routine has you doing the same thing day after day, you may find yourself stuck in an exercise rut.

There are two main signs that your workout routine has you feeling like the character in the movie Groundhog Day – reliving the same day over and over again. The first is that you become bored with your workout and start to dread the activity you once enjoyed. The second is that you stop noticing positive results because your body has adapted to your workout routine. This may mean you no longer see changes in muscle tone, endurance or weight. 

The good news is that it’s easy to get out of a ho-hum exercise routine. All you need to do is to make a few changes to breathe new life into your workout. Here are 5 tips that can help:

  • Enlist a workout buddy. One way to get out of an exercise rut is to work out with a friend. You’ll have fun and are more likely to look forward to your workout when you know someone’s counting on you. 
  • Find a new activity.  Having more than one “go-to” exercise provides you with the flexibility to change things up anytime you want. Variety is good for your body and your mind.
  • Change your surroundings. Find a new setting to breathe some life into your workout. If you normally go to the gym, head outdoors for a brisk walk instead.
  • Indulge in something new. Buy a new workout outfit or fitness tracker. Sing up for a new class. Or  download a new playlist.
  • Vary your focus. To change something you’re already doing, add intervals of high-intensity activity interspersed in your usual activity. Or switch the focus of your workout on different days – pay attention to speed one day and technique or duration on other days.

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Date Last Reviewed: December 10, 2019

Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor

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