When it comes to workouts, having a steady routine is a big accomplishment—but the “steady” part can also hinder your progress after a while. Chances are your go-to workout was challenging and productive in the beginning, but if you’ve been doing the same thing for months, you might not be seeing the same progress. When it’s time to change it up, there are a few things you can do to help restart your progress.
Try a workout that’s completely new to you. Whether that means signing up for that group class you’ve always been curious about or borrowing a workout from a fit friend, switching up your movements and challenging your body in new ways is the key to busting through stalled progress.
Take the intensity up a notch. If you’re particularly attached to your current workout, but you’re not seeing the same kind of progress you once were, you could up the intensity. By now you’ve likely heard of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and the concept can be applied to a wide variety of workouts. From cycling to body-weight workouts, HIIT could help you continue to make progress.
Try out a new piece of equipment. There’s nothing like a new piece of equipment and a learning curve to get you re-focused in the gym. If you’ve never used a TRX suspension trainer, incorporate it in your next workout. Always been a little afraid of the free weights section? It’s time to face your fear. Your workout will be better for it, just be sure to get help if you’re unsure of how to use the new gear.
Switch up your environment. A change of scenery can be stimulating every once in a while. Indoor exercisers should make an effort to get outside for their workouts and vice versa. The change in environment could inspire a fresh frame of mind, so change it up every now and then.