I’m sure many of us can look back on that feeling when we first started a new workout program - we were so excited and motivated. Whether you were wanting to lose weight, tone up or simply live a healthier lifestyle, jumping into an exercise routine was probably very exciting at the time. Even though it may have been hard at the start, seeing the results you gained was probably what motivated you to keep going and work to achieve your goals.
Unfortunately, this motivation can sometimes wear off and you find yourself slipping, missing workout sessions and sliding back into old, bad habits. If you have found yourself in a bit of a rut, or simply coming up with more and more excuses about why you can’t workout anymore, it may be a sign that it’s time to change your workout.
Not everyone is a creature of habit and if you have been experiencing these signs below, then it may be time for you to shake things up a little!
You Dread Working Out
Now hear me out - I know there are times where all of us don’t want to go to the gym or workout because we have had a busy day or are feeling tired. But we push through and do it anyway. I’m talking about the dread you feel every single day when you think about working out. If it used to make you excited (for the most part) and now you couldn’t think of anything worse, this may be a sign of boredom.
This is completely normal and can happen if you stick to the same routine for too long, especially if you were never a die-hard exercise fan to begin with. When you reach this point, rather than giving up altogether, try and switch it up. For example, if you have started to absolutely hate cardio, try and change your environment. Get off the treadmill and start walking (or hiking) outside. Create a new gym playlist that will get you motivated, or try a new style of cardio (such as HIIT). These seem like such small things, but trust me when I say they can make all the difference!
It’s No Longer Challenging You
When you first start working out (especially if you have never done so before), everything is a challenge. Simply getting through your session alive was an accomplishment in itself! Over time, you may notice things start to get easier, the push ups you could never do on your feet are suddenly possible and you are smashing exercises out in no time. While this is a sign that you may be getting fitter and stronger (yay!), it can also be a sign your workout isn’t challenging you as much. Yes, this is certainly a good thing, but if you don’t find new ways to challenge yourself, it can eventually result in a plateau.
Don’t be afraid to make things harder, girls! When you first started it was all hard, and now you are fitter and stronger, it’s time to find new challenges. This is important to help you grow (both physically and mentally). If 15 push ups on your toes now feels easy, try and push out a few more reps. If you’re using weights (such as dumbbells or medicine balls), try and increase the weight slightly! If there are exercises you think that you could never do, add them to your workout routine even if you can only manage to do a rep or two to begin with. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and swap exercises each week. Not only can this prevent you from getting bored, but it can also stop your body from hitting a wall if it is used to the same exercises week in and week out.
Certain Parts of Your Body Feel Stronger Than Others
If you have been focusing on the same type of workout for a few months, you may start to notice that certain areas of your body feel stronger than others. For example, if you have been smashing out the leg workouts, this could be doing wonders for your glutes and thighs, but you still might not be able to do a push up. If this is the case and you are starting to feel discouraged, it may be time to switch up your routine and give it some variety. I love incorporating full body workouts into my weekly workout schedule because it means I am working all of the major muscle groups in one go.
If you only do one type of workout (such as cardio) or only train a specific area (core only or legs only) and aren't seeing results, try to incorporate different types of training into your workout. I recommend a mixture of cardio and resistance training that targets different areas of your body.
You Aren’t Seeing Results
Leading on from my last point - if you have been working out for months and are not seeing results, this may be due to the type of workouts you are doing. Now before you totally quit training altogether, remember it does take TIME to see results. It is never an overnight process. There is a saying that it takes 21 days for your mind to form a habit, and even longer for your body. So if you have only been exercising for a few weeks and are seeing no results, be patient and give it time.
However, if you have been exercising for a few months and aren’t seeing any results at all or not the results you expected, this may be a sign the workout(s) you are doing may not be right for you. There is no point forcing something if it simply isn’t going to work for you or for your body. To help this, try and change the structure of your workout to add a little variety. You can play around with reps, weights, exercises or intensity. One of my favourite ways to mix up my workout is to add 50 skips in between each of my exercises in a resistance workout. If you like routine and don’t want to come up with new ideas each time, choose a few different workout ideas and swap these every few days. Just as your body is getting used to the exercises, it will get a wake up call when you switch them up, which could help give you better results.
These are just a few reasons why it may be time to change your workout routine, there certainly are many more! I think the most important thing to remember is that if your workout is no longer motivating you to do your best, challenging you, or helping you achieve results, it may be time to change it up. Change is never a bad thing!
Love, Kayla xx