Have you ever felt like you were in a workout routine rut? I know I have. Just like spring cleaning your house (which I need to do badly) I think it is important to spring clean our workout routines as well. Being a group fitness instructor for the past 20 years, I know the importance of changing up routines. To keep my participants engaged and coming back to my class I am always looking for new ideas and ways to change things up. However, we can get stuck in a rut. We get accustomed to certain things and just stick to our day-to-day routines and never change. Here are some signs that you may need to spring clean your workout routine.
- You hit a plateau or stop getting desired results.
- You are bored with your current workouts.
- You keep getting injuries or are always sore.
- Working out becomes a chore and not as enjoyable as it has been in the past.
- Your workout is not longer challenging.
If you feel like you need to change things up, here are a few tips and suggestions to start fresh this spring and change-up your workout routine.
- Set a goal like a 5k or a new race. In the past I have done a triathlon to change things up and it was a fun and new challenge. I am currently starting to train for a Spartan which is going to be a lot of fun as well.
- Find a personal trainer or a workout partner who can motivate and push you.
- Try a new fitness class. Recently I have been trying out Orangetheory and Hot Yoga. So much fun and challenging.
- Get outside! If you have been logging tons of miles on the treadmill or indoor cycling, move your workout outdoors.
- Re-evaluate your goals. I feel that setting goals can help you stay focused and motivated.
- Create a new playlist! For my classes I change my music each day. Getting some new music or even adding music to your workout can really be motivating. Nothing gets me going like a little Salt N Peppa during my run!
- When strength training. Remember to change your sets, reps, and/or weights if you have been using the same size weights and the same reps for more than a month you are due for a change.
One of my favorite poster quotes on my classroom walls is this:
If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten!