It’s easy to fall into a rut in your workout routine. You may start off with a routine that provides a reliable and in-depth workout, but after a few months of the same thing, the routine may no longer offer any further benefits. After a certain amount of time, your body will acclimate to your standard workout, which will slow or halt any gains. The workout might seem easy compared to how it felt at first, but that’s not necessarily a good sign. It might make you feel proud to show measurable results, but if you no longer have to work to perform your routine, your body is no longer pushing itself to gain more muscle. The best thing to do when that happens is change up your routine so that your body has to work harder!
When you first start a new workout routine, you have to pay close attention to the pattern so you can find the optimal way to move through the routine. After awhile, that pattern becomes set in your mind and you no longer have to think about it. Within a few weeks, the pattern will be ingrained in you such that it won’t require much focus, and that is when boredom starts to peek through.
When you feel like your workout is just another thing to autopilot through, it can eventually affect the quality of the routine. You might even get so bored performing the same routine over and over that you stop going to the gym as often. New routines will prevent boredom so you can remain excited about your workout.
Switch Muscle Focus
The problem with performing the same routine over and over is that you end up working the same muscles over and over while ignoring the same muscles over and over. While this can work to strengthen those muscles that receive focus at first, it doesn’t take long for the benefits to wear off, at which point you are literally only going through the motions. A singular routine will make parts of your body start to atrophy, and that extends to tendons and ligaments as well as muscles.
By changing the focus of your workout routine, you can stimulate new areas while allowing other areas to recuperate. If your current exercise routine is weight-intensive, try switching to an aerobic routine and see how it affects your performance.
If your fitness goals include losing weight, it is easy to hit a plateau with your routine that no longer yields results. In the same way that your body will eventually acclimate to a weightlifting routine, it will acclimate to an aerobic routine if you don’t ever change it. This means you will hit a certain weight and simply stop losing more, but by switching up your routine, you can restart your body’s ability to lose weight.
Something that many people overlook in the process of attempting to develop their bodies is the idea that you can damage your body through overuse. The standard idea in fitness is that repetition will help build muscle, and while that is true to a certain extent, it doesn’t mean those repetitive movements should be repeated every other day for years at a time. You can easily overwork your body and accumulate overuse injuries, like problems with the joints, tendons, ligaments, or muscles themselves. By changing up what you do every few weeks, you can help alleviate the constant stress of a singular routine on the same parts of your body over and over.
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