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Three signs you need to change your exercise routine

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  January 2, 2013 08:00 AM

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RyanHealy100.jpgRyan Healy is a personal trainer for the Lynch/van Otterloo (LVO) YMCA in Marblehead. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and earned her BS in Exercise Sports Science from Elon University. Find more posts by her in conjunction with the LVO YMCA at yhealthandwellness.wordpress.com. She can be reached at healyr@northshoreymca.org.

Remember; please consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.


Have you ever wondered when should you shake up your fitness routine? Have you been doing the same exercises, going for the same run, or taking the same class for months on end? Fear not if you answered yes to any of these questions because here are three signs that your workouts need changing.

1. You can’t stick to it: If your routine seems overwhelming, leaves you constantly exhausted and sore, or you’d rather just skip your workout altogether, it’s time for something different. Create a program that’s more manageable for your lifestyle and leaves you feeling good about what you just accomplished.

2. You stop seeing results: When you’re not making progress towards your goals (lifting more weight, running faster, etc.), that’s a good indication you need to switch things up. Tracking detailed information about your exercise sessions (sets, reps, weight, miles, pace, etc.) will help you see this trend more clearly. Lack of results means your body has adapted to your workout routine, and you need to impose different and more challenging demands upon it. This type of plateau generally will take place anywhere from 4-8 weeks into a planned program.

3. You’re bored: If you’re not engaged by your workouts because you’re sick of the same tiresome routine, create a fresh new program. Try something you’ve never done before, like a new sport or fitness class, or bring a friend to exercise with you. Attempting new challenges is not only good for you mentally, it’s also a great opportunity to develop physically in different areas of fitness; strength, power, flexibility, core stability, and endurance.

This New Year, give your exercise routine a little extra planning and consideration, and you’ll reap many more benefits, getting you more bang for your buck!

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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