Change is good. Well at least that’s the mantra I live by. And it’s also good to change up your fitness routine regularly to ensure you are really challenging and getting the most out of your body.
Do you find that you always do the same thing every time you exercise? Perhaps it’s easy to do what you know, or you go into autopilot as you don’t really enjoy training? Or perhaps you actually really love what you do which is why you keep doing it day after day, week after week… but do you really get results that way?
I’m a fair believer in the 6 weeks rule. What I mean is, that to really see results and get the best out of your training, you need to change up your exercise routine every six weeks. This could be increasing the intensity, or duration, or simply trying something new to stave off the boredom.
Here are my top tips for mixing it up and trying something new:
Try something completely different
Maybe you’re a cardio bunny, well have you thought about trying a weights programme? Or maybe you just love social fitness like spin classes or Bodypump? Maybe try an outdoor bootcamp. Sometimes the best thing is to step outside of your comfort zone for a minute and try something you’ve never done before… you never know, you might like it!
Push the tempo
It could be that you have just been doing the same thing, at the same speed or level for what seems like forever. Have you tried increasing the speed or weight when doing it? Or perhaps increasing the distance or intensity? This can be a great way to trick the body into adapting and you should start to see some changes, not just in how fast you can go or how heavy you can lift, but you should start to see improvements physically too.
Training with someone else is always better if you’re starting to waiver a little. Ask a friend or family member (or of course I’m here too!) to start training with you. It might spark a bit of healthy competition, or it might just mean you have to commit to not letting the other person down and show up each time. Either way, it should help to spur you on and make things a little more interesting – hopefully having a giggle at the same time.