At Energy Fitness, we get asked a lot of questions around fitness and nutrition. One of the questions we often get is “how often should I change up my workout routine?” It’s honestly a loaded question as there are many different factors that need to be taken into account.
However, there are some general rules of thumb I go over in the video below:
Overall, changing up your workouts can help prevent your body from hitting a plateau (where your body has adapted to what you’re doing and isn’t progressing anymore.) Regular “muscle confusion” keeps your body in a fat-burning, muscle-building mode so that you can continue to work on your best body.
- Do you find yourself doing only the exercises that you like? Try incorporating some you’re not crazy about.
- Try a new workout that you’ve never done before: swimming, biking, kickboxing, yoga, etc.
- When weightlifting, are you doing roughly the same amount of reps? Try lighter weights with higher reps.
- Do your cardio workouts only consist of going for a long run? Try a short burst, HIIT workout. (High Intensity Interval Training)
Sometimes, just a little change can make a big difference.
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