It can be hard to get into a fitness routine that you love, and once you do, you just want to stick to it! I’ve had a consistent workout routine of pilates and yoga the last few years, and they truly changed my life both physically and mentally. Lately, though, I’ve been craving something new and wasn’t getting that same happiness or soreness after my usual workouts. That’s how I knew it was time to switch up my routine a little bit.
I’ve recently started an 8-week challenge at DOGPOUND in West Hollywood, a personal training gym originally from NYC. I teamed up with celebrity trainer Christian Castano, who I’ll be talking about more and his training techniques in my upcoming blog posts!
It’s a journey I’m so excited to share with you all that is focused on pushing myself to new limits and trying new workouts that are out of my comfort zone! I’ll be documenting the process on my YouTube, blog, and Instagram to share key takeaways and how you can learn from my journey at home! Here’s a video recap from Week 1.
When was the last time you switched up your routine? Here’s how to tell when your body just wants something NEW!
1. You’re not excited about your workouts anymore – That rush of endorphins you get when you start a new workout routine is what helps our bodies feel happy, rewarded and proud of ourselves. However, your mind gets used to doing the same workouts everyday and suddenly, you aren’t getting that feeling of satisfaction anymore. Whenever you find yourself getting bored of a workout or not as excited to go to the gym as you used to be, try to switch it up!
2. You’re not getting sore anymore – Feeling sore (but not too sore) after a workout can feel so refreshing! Soreness isn’t always the indicator of a good workout, but it means that you pushed yourself and left you feeling accomplished. But, if you’re going a few weeks without being sore, check in with what you’re doing. Do you need to increase your weight or reps? Maybe add some HIIT circuits into the mix? That soreness is a hint that you’re pushing your muscles to new limits, so be sure to check in with yourself to know that you’re still challenging yourself!
3. You haven’t made any physical improvements – Of course, working out isn’t only to look good physically, but if that’s a main goal for you, be sure to keep it in mind! If you’ve gone a few weeks without any physical improvements, it’s probably a good sign that you need to switch something up.
Our bodies are very good at adapting, so mixing it up every few weeks with keep you moving toward your goals and keep you from getting bored and burnt out! How can YOU tell when you need a workout refresh?! Share with us below!